The Pepperpot, one of The Bridestones

The Bridestones

Route: The Bridestones

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 23rd February 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.0 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Cloudy with sunny intervals, very strong winds

The Bridestones are a fascinating group of oddly shaped sandstone rocks which have been eroded by wind, frost and rain over thousands of years. The rocks are the remains of a sandstone ‘cap’ that was originally much higher and was deposited some 150 million years ago. The surrounding nature reserve, home to some rare wildlife, is owned and managed by the National Trust and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest 

We parked in the Bridestones car park in Dalby Forest – charges apply but there are numerous activities on offer in the forest and the place is well worth a visit in its own right. After leaving the car park we walked uphill through woodland and before long emerged onto the moorland. Our path took us past the Low Bride Stones, which include ‘The Pepperpot’, so named for obvious reasons. Beyond this group we descended into Dove Dale, which separates the lower stones from another group – The High Bride Stones – on the other side of the valley. This is a popular picnic spot but not today, as a bitterly cold wind was sweeping across the moors

We descended back into Dove Dale and at the end of the valley turned left into Staindale to walk back to the end of a short but sweet walk

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