NZ5711 : Cliff Rigg Quarry

taken 11 years ago, near to Little Ayton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Cliff Rigg Quarry
Cliff Rigg Quarry
An abandoned whinstone quarry now reverting to nature. At the highest point on Easby Moor, the hill in the distance, stands the monument to Capt. James Cook.
Cliff Ridge Quarry
The Cleveland Dyke is a protrusion of very hard volcanic rock cutting through the surrounding sedimentary rocks. It was formed 58 million years ago from a volcano near the Isle of Mull and can be traced between there and Whitby. Wherever it outcrops it was quarried and used principally for road building. Its common name is Whinstone on account the gorse or whin frequently found growing where the rock outcrops.

Local quarrying was firmly established by the late 17th century. Cliff Ridge quarry was operated by Messrs. Winn with the whinstone being cut into setts or cobbles for the streets of Leeds. The quarry closed around 1918 but in the seventies further extraction took place with the stone being crushed for road surfacing.

Nowadays the lower slopes of the quarry has been extensively sculptured by the local BMX enthusiasts.
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 May, 2008   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 20 May, 2008
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Quarry   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 575 115 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:29.7775N 1:6.7777W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 573 116
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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