Plumpton Rocks

My previous post, “Forgotten“, was taken at a private woodland park called Plumpton Rocks, (though, formally known as Plompton Rocks), near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  It’s open to members of the public for a small entrance fee, at weekends during the summer months .  Originally, a garden designed around a man made lake in an area of rocky outcrops, it needs to have some love and care spent on it, I feel, to bring it back to it’s former glory.  The area would benefit from some considered scrub trimming and removal of some native trees to allow more space for the specimen trees to come to the fore.  The lake is silting up badly too, but there are some large fish in it, in particular Carp to 30 lbs.

An intriguing feature on some of the Sandstone rocks around the lake is the presence of ‘scratch marks’ down the faces of some of the vertical drops

I like to think of them as having been made by Dinosaurs – a scratch post if you will, as a Cat or Bear might use today.   Disappointingly, perhaps, the marks are made by dripping water that has worn the stone to form the grooves – so I have been advised by a gentleman who carried out a geological experiment on a similar rock face, over the period of 10 years, which showed marks like these, although not quite so pronounced.  I’d have thought the marks would have been made over 100s of years but it seems they could have been made over just a few decades.

(If anyone asks me, I’m going to keep to my Dinosaur scratch post story. 😉 )


20 thoughts on “Plumpton Rocks

  1. And there are several faces IN the rocks too, the most distinct being on the right… 🙂 As if someone has turned to stone there and still cannot understand how it happened.
    My preference kind of goes out to the header photo (here I go again…;-)) as there is so much detail on the rocks and lovely colors too that are lost a bit in the more general picture…

    • I know what you mean about the header – one reason for my approach to them. I’m not sure the web is particularly good at presenting photographs – okay, perhaps, for pictures which don’t have a lot of intimate detail, where large blocks of colour/tone are present.

      On the colours in this rock – I’ve resisted the temptation of increasing the saturation of the colouring too much – because it would mess up the surrounding scenery – but there this stone has been used in local building, images will stand a significant increase in saturation which really brings out some great colouring.

    • 🙂
      Unfortunately, this year the lake has significantly more ‘green stuff’ on the surface than I’ve seen before, which has the result of preventing reflections of the rock in the lack, which is a shame, because the lake is well sheltered and usually completely still.

    • Thank you. I know where you’re coming from regarding the quarry. As far as I know, from my brief research, this has never been a quarry in the conventional sense. Having said that, about a mile away, there’s an old ruin that used to be a fortified manor, built of similar stone…. maybe….

  2. I always enjoy your photos, and an added bonus for me, as unfamiliar with your part of the world as I am, is figuring out where your subjects are with google maps. I now know where North Yorkshire is, for one thing, and I think I located this lake and rock formation as well.

  3. Well blow me! I worked for 7 years in Harrogate/Knaresborough and did lots of walking around there, especially after work. Although I’d heard of Plumpton Rocks I had no idea they were so spectacular and didn’t really know where they were either! I’ll have to get back over there and have a look at those I think. Superb photos 🙂

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