If you’re looking for weird and wonderful activities for the summer, this forest trail to a crazy sandstone natural sculpture walk in North Yorkshire is for you. Created by nature the ‘Brink-Stones’ all have fascinating formations that have been created over 150 million years.
The splendid circular walk starts in Dalby Forest in a car park near Staindale beck along Dalby Forest drive. Set off along the track up High Staindale and beside Grain Slack. You’ll keep climbing until you’re greeted by the fabulous views of the moors from Crossbow cliff brow.
The footpath takes you through the beautiful Bridestone nature reserve, which is full of a little bit of woodland, wildflower meadows and panoramic views of the countryside. There is a great contrast as you leave the forest into the open fields.
In the summer, you’ll be greeted by wildflowers, heather and all kinds of birds, which is great if you’re looking to get back to nature this summer. The work is perfect for families, and you can even bring your pooch along for the ride.
After the woodland, you can enjoy the grassy tracks and open countryside in the North York Moors. The route is fairly simple and starts with an uphill climb with a few stepping stones and stiles to negotiate.
You’ll come across the unique shaped rocks that have been eroded by wind, frost and rain over thousands of years – creating these weird shapes that you find today. If you’re looking for a picnic out, these make for a great place to stop with fantastic views of the surrounded countryside.
If you fancy going off track 5-miles away is the Hole of Horcum, which is a unique land formation which lengend says was done by a giant scooping up the earth the throw at his wife.
After you’ve enjoyed the fun on the stones, you can make your way down an easy trackback into Dalby Forest, passing by Staindale Lake to where you started.