Bridestones Pictures & Images - North Yorks Moors { 23 images } Created 11 Feb 2012

Pictures images photos of the Bridestones nature reserve, The Bridestones are in Cropton Forest at Crosscliff & Blakey Topping, in the North Yorks Moors National Park. Aptly named ‘Brink-stones’ or edge stones in Old Norse, you can follow footpaths to the top to experience the Bridestones first hand. These fascinating rocks are the remains of a sandstone ‘cap’ that was originally much higher, Jurassic sedimentary rock deposited some 150 million years ago. Layers of hard sandstone alternating with softer calcareous layers have been eroded by wind, frost and rain over thousands of years.. Some of the Bridestones are cylindrical towers whilst others have been weathered at their bases to create rocks formations that look like they may topple at any moment. There are many so called Bridestones across the neolithic landscape of Britain, some man made and some natural formations like those in Dalby. Many of the Bridestone sites are associated with pagan rituals and their purpose is unknown yet the name Bridestones have been passed down to us from antiquity. These ancient Bridestones and set in Site of Scientific Interest with rare plants like the insect catching sundew.

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