One of the Brimham Rocks has been destroyed
Earlier this month the Yorkshire Dales lost one of its iconic landmarks.
The Brimham Rocks, which have stood since the Ice age and becoming a National Trust attraction – bringing visitors from all over the UK and world has been damaged. The rock formation was formed when three rivers that ran through the became glaciers and as the ice age came to an end the glaciers melted, the flowing water moulded the famous landmarks.
After the rocks withstood tens of thousands of years of weather, it was vandals which finally saw them destroyed.
Local police say they are after 5 youths in connection with the damage, which is being reported as being irreparable.
Photos from the scene are showing the large stone shattered into pieces after tumbling down 30ft.
The National trust as you would expect is livid with the destruction of the landmark.
“It might have been fun for some people. Actually, it is just completely pointless and needless,” said a National Trust spokesman.
Located near Pateley Bridge, is a small market town on Nidderdale close to Harrogate (in May I run the Nidderdale 20 mile race – it’s a lovely part of the country), the rocks started forming around 320 million years ago and formed their unusual shape during the last ice age.
The rocks attracted a wide range of people, from families wanting a picnic with a view to walkers and even climbers – the rocks brought thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Many of the formations had been named to help identify them, including the Sphinx, the Watchdog, the Camel, the Turtle and the Dancing Bear.
It’s unclear at this time, which one has been damaged.
A spokesman for the NYP (North Yorkshire Police) said:
At around 8.45pm on Friday, June 1, a group of five young people were seen pushing a rock at the top of one of the crags. This resulted in the rock falling from the crag, causing damage to the crag face.
“The damage this has caused is irreparable and it is now in a potentially dangerous condition.
“The incident has not only caused considerable damage to both the rock and the crag face, but those responsible also put themselves in danger and have created a potential hazard for other visitors to Brimham Rocks.”
If you are heading into the area its advised to be careful if walking around the area.
It wasn’t the only damaged caused, with the vandals carving their names into the rocks and stones.
The rocks were part of the Bee Gees 1987 video for the hit single You Win Again.
One of the wardens told a local newspaper: “They were here for a day and a half with a video crew who used a balloon to take aerial shots.
“They sang as they stood in front of the rocks, but it actually turned out to be a very small part of the video.
“One of them threw a bit of a wobbler and didn’t turn up. In the final video, the rocks themselves appeared but without the Bee Gees on them.”
As you can iamge this has upset quite a few people and voicing their anger on social media.
David Hartley wrote: ‘This is ridiculous, Brimham Rocks is a wonderful place, the roacks that form the landscape there bring tourists from far and wide to view them.
Emily Ogden commented: ‘#Brimhamrocks Anyone know the vandal youths who did this? Surely someone does!’
While it is sad that this landmark has been destroyed, there are quite a few in the area still to visit – I wouldn’t let this top you from visiting the area and seeing these beautiful formations for yourself.
If you was in the area on 1st June and saw anything, please do report this to the police. Please contact officers on 101, choosing option 2 and quote reference 12180097959. Alternatively email [email protected]. Let’s hope these youths are caught and no more of these landmarks are damaged.