They say that these formations, which are scattered across an area of roughly 50 acres, came about from erosion by wind, water and ice. With no plants covering them for protection, the softer layers soon wore down and somehow, magically, formed the arrangements we see today.
With names such as ‘Sphinx’, ‘Watchdog’, ‘Camel’, ‘Turtle’ and the ‘Dancing Bear’ the rocks really have captured our imaginations. Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising is the ‘Idol Rock’ which has several large rocks layered on top of one another, balancing on a tiny rock at the bottom. It seems impossible.
The views are far reaching – on a clear day you can see out as far as York –and the walks are well worth the trip. The Nidderdale Way is a nine-mile circuit which they say will take you roughly four hours.