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I took this picture this afternoon at the Bride Stones, an outcrop of moorland gritstone near Todmorden in West Yorkshire. This outcrop is a popular bouldering venue that dries quickly due to it being high up on top of the moors with an expansive panoramic view all around.

Gritstone is a coarse type of sandstone that was laid down many millions of years ago when the North of England was a massive river delta system. You can still see the pebbles and sand that would have been on the river bed. Gritstone is excellent for climbing on, it provides great friction but the down side is it destroys your finger tips and ankles. I have very sore fingers from climbing today while I type this!

There are outcrops of gritstone all over the pennines of the North of England. They can noramlly be seen on the top of hills where one side, where the rock is softer, has eroded to leave what is known as a gritstone edge. Very climber friendly as the edges aren't very high and finish where you can just walk back down to the bottom. The popular edges such as those in the Peak District: Froggatt, Stanage, Burbage and others are very popular and busy on a good weather weekend.

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