(Unfortunately because we managed to get a nasty, nasty illness that I am fairly sure is H1N1 in our house, we did NOT get to go and do anything at all fun this weekend. Now that I am able to function once again, I can work more on getting caught up on past adventures. Here's hoping we can get the kiddos through the gross before it is mid-term holiday next week during which we are planning - fingers crossed - to go to Scotland!)
In August we took a bus tour that is offered through the base. It wasn't all that amazing, but it did give us a nice tour of the Dales and give us some great ideas of places to visit later. One of the suggested places was Brimham Rocks, a collection of rock formations in a beautiful location at the top of a dale. It is located within an area designated, officially, as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty." Ah British Formality.
The rock formations were made by erosion from glaciation, water and wind and are made of a very interesting rock called Millstone Grit. It has really neat rocks of varying sizes embedded in it. Quite cool. Brimham Rocks really does live up to its designation and we had a marvelous time hiking around and exploring the rock formations.
The most interesting part, for the kids, was that there are no restrictions on scrambling or climbing. This means that anything is open for all sorts of exploration. I was totally expecting some of the formations to be off limits, so that they could be preserved, but that was not the case. Of course, the current limits in the park allowing only people on foot, strollers and wheel chairs is an improvement from the '50s and 60's when people just drove their cars right in and parked amongst the formations!
After we finished scrambling around the rocks (and doing an earth cache), we headed out to some other rambling paths to do some caches. On the second cache we ended up walking about a mile through a heather fen. It was amazing to be storming through the fen, waist deep in heather, the only ones out on the moor as far as we could see.