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The Coldstones Cut
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Pateley Bridge
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The Coldstones Cut

The sculpture functions as an array of platforms from which visitors can view both the spectacular quarry hole and...

The Druid's Temple
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Masham
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The Druid's Temple

The Druid’s Temple in nr Masham is in fact not a real temple, but a nineteenth century folly. Styled...

Colsterdale Towers
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Masham
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Colsterdale Towers

The Colsterdale Towers are a set of three sighting towers in Colsterdale, at the North of the Nidderdale AONB...

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This is an area of big countryside and impressive structures. Both nature and man have left their mark on the landscape, leaving behind a wealth of fascinating landmarks, unique beauty spots and breath-taking viewpoints.

During the 18th century, the wealthy developed a penchant for building architectural follies as part of their garden design. These extravagant displays of wealth provided work to local people during times of hardship.

Romantic ruins, monuments, temples and towers, decorated elegant gardens, woodland and parkland. Hackfall Woods, the Druids Temple and Studley Royal are just some of the many places where these curious features can be seen.


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By contrast, North Yorkshire also has a long history of rural industry and pioneering projects across the hills and valleys around Harrogate, Ripon and Nidderdale. Remaining are intriguing structures, mysterious ruins and left over reminders of a once heavily worked landscaped. From the drowned village of West End, submerged beneath Thruscross Reservoir, to the silhouetted sighting towers on the ridge at Colsterdale or the dramatic sculpture of the Coldstones Cut created atop a vast limestone quarry, a layer of industrial history mapped onto the landscape.


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Even before man ever quarried, mined or built in the area the cumulative effects of thousands of years of ice and wind had already shaped some breath-taking formations and features which can form the centre piece to a walk, picnic or adventure. Brimham Rocks and Almscliffe Crag are just some of the weird geological wonders that invite exploration and inspire the imagination.

Remote as many of these iconic places may seem, you are never far from a village pub or tearoom where you can sample local produce, often farmed from the very land you have been exploring.

Discover the landmarks and viewpoints scattered across our district, and the fascinating stories behind them.

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St Robert's Cave
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St Robert's Cave
Fewston Reservoir
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Fewston Reservoir
Thruscross Reservoir
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Thruscross Reservoir
The Coldstones Cut
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The Coldstones Cut
Devil's Arrows
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Devil's Arrows
Yorkes Folly (Two Stoops) &...
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Yorkes Folly (Two Stoops) &...
The Druid's Temple
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The Druid's Temple
Almscliffe Crag
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Almscliffe Crag
The Stray, Harrogate
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The Stray, Harrogate
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