Hidden Yorkshire: How To Find The Coldstones Cut

Last Updated on 21/07/2022

There’s a good chance you’ve probably never heard of The Coldstones Cut – I certainly hadn’t. This enormous piece of public art is intelligently masked in the surrounding countryside, while seamlessly blending with the neighbouring quarry. It’s a true hidden gem in Yorkshire that you don’t want to overlook!

In this guide, I’ll show you how to find The Coldstones Cut, where you need to park, what you need to bring, as well as showing you everything you need to do on your visit. Get ready to discover an incredible hidden Yorkshire gem!

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Are you looking for hidden gems and off the beaten track locations in the Yorkshire Dales, England? The Coldstones Cut is one of the most beautiful places in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. This incredible piece of public art in North Yorkshire combines the surrounding landscapes and English countryside aesthetic with the industry of the neighbouring quarry. If you’re looking for things to do in the Yorkshire Dales, The Coldstones Cut should be the top of your travel bucket list!

The Coldstones Cut

If you’re looking for unique attractions in the Yorkshire Dales that are a little off the beaten track, The Coldstones Cut is for you. It boasts being the biggest and highest piece of public artwork in Yorkshire at 1,375 feet above sea level. It was created by the artist Andrew Sabin, and first opened to the public in September 2010 after a 3 year creative and development process.

Keep reading to learn about the history of The Coldstones Cut, plus everything you need to know before you visit!

What You Need To Know

Location: The Coldstones Cut is located in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire. It is two miles outside of Pateley Bridge on Greenhow Hill.

Where to park: There is a small car park which is free to use a short distance from The Coldstones Cut. Navigate to HG3 5BJ and follow the instructions below.

Walk time: 15 minutes from the car park. You’ll want to factor in approximately 60-90 minutes for your total stay.

Terrain: Easy to identify gravel path. Reasonably easy to negotiate although somewhat steep in parts. The final section of the path has steps or a ramp climb (photo below).

What to bring: You will want sturdy shoes or walking boots to negotiate the path as it is uneven in places. The footpath is also exposed and gets very windy in parts so you will want to wrap up appropriately, even in warmer months.

When to visit: The sculpture is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I would recommend an early morning visit to avoid crowds during busy months. Access could be challenging during winter months in snowfall due to the remote location.

History Of The Coldstones Cut

Before we explore The Coldstones Cut, we need to look at the neighbouring Coldstones Quarry. Located on Greenhow Hill at 1400 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest quarries in Britain. Over the last two centuries the surrounding hills were dominated by stone quarries, but Coldstones is now the last working quarry in the area.

The Coldstones Cut Coldstones Quarry

Despite its huge size of about 30 hectares, its location is hidden from view by the natural landscape. In 2006 a decision was made to replace the simple existing viewing platform with something designed to be more lasting. The aim was to provide a piece of public art which would appeal to the aesthetic and educational benefits of the site.

A New Lease Of Life

Artist Andrew Sabin was commissioned to produce the sculpture. The overall design process took 3 years due to the need for artistic and technical assessment, review of construction methods plus lengthy public consultation.

The Coldstones Cut Sign

Construction of the sculpture commenced in March 2010 and it was officially opened to the public in September of the same year. The sculpture is designed to represent a contemporary streetscape that features a main “road”, an intersection with a roundabout, plus winding paths.

The Coldstones Cut Road Structure

The sculpture also features a series of platforms from which you can appreciate the contrasting views. To one side, you can observe the workings of the quarry, while the other side features the striking landscapes that earn Nidderdale the title of an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Coldstones Cut Bench

How To Find The Coldstones Cut

Finding The Coldstones Cut is relatively straightforward. You’ll want to navigate to HG3 5BJ and keep an eye out for the signpost below. A word of warning, the signpost is directly opposite the car park so you don’t get a lot of notice it is coming up!

It is also worth noting that if you are travelling from the west, you will first pass the quarry on your right-hand side, before reaching the car park which is the next turning on the right. Don’t do what we did and accidentally turn up at the quarry!

‘Car park’ is possibly a more glamourous description than what you’ll encounter when you arrive. If you pull into the open space pictured below, then you’re in the right place!

Car Park At The Coldstones Cut

The footpath from the car park is a clearly marked gravel route. Shortly after the car park, the path will split into two and you want to take the branch to the right up to The Coldstones Cut. From this point the path is exposed and can be very windy so you’ll want to dress appropriately.

You’ll need to cross a small access road to reach The Coldstones Cut. The path is clear to follow and is also signposted. Watch out for any traffic to and from the quarry when crossing the road.

As The Coldstones Cut creeps into view at the top of the hill, you’ll encounter an information board. This board provides a fascinating introduction to the history of The Coldstones Cut. It also features some striking photography of the structure from above so it is well worth stopping to take a look.

When you have crossed the first field, you will arrive at a gate leading into the second one. The gate has some important safety information on a sign, so take a moment to have a quick read before you move on.

Continue beyond the gate to follow the path through the second field. Be sure to pause and take a look back at the route you have taken. You will be rewarded with a pretty view of Yorkshire’s green rolling hills.

The final stretch to reach The Coldstones Cut is up a fairly steep incline. There is stepped access with a handrail, or the graveled path continues as a ramp. Make sure you watch your footing here are the steps are uneven in parts and the gravel is loose.

What To Do At The Coldstones Cut

A piece of public art attached to the side of a quarry might sound like an attraction for a very niche audience. But I’ll be honest, I was surprised at just how much there was to see at The Coldstones Cut. You’ll want at least 60 minutes to take a good look at everything on your visit, but you could extend this longer if you wanted to stop for a picnic too.

Here are the top things you’ll want to do on a visit to The Coldstones Cut:

Learn About Coldstones Quarry

From the viewing platform, you are treated to an incredible panorama of Coldstones Quarry, which is still in use and among the highest quarries in England. It is easy to get lost in watching the comings and goings of the busy quarry. There are also some helpful information boards that provide an introduction to the geology of the area and the history of the quarry.

The Coldstones Cut Quarry Information Boards

Appreciate The Structure

The structure of The Coldstones Cut is an impressive artistic feat and is a mix of both old and new. The construction uses ancient stone blocks to build a contemporary streetscape. You can follow the winding paths to platforms, which allow you to appreciate the sculpture from different angles.

The Coldstones Cut Structure

Admire The View

As well as taking in the incredible structure, the platforms also provide excellent views of the surrounding landscape. From this vantage point, it is clear to see why Nidderdale is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty.

View From The Coldstones Cut

See Toft Gate Lime Kiln

If you retrace your steps back towards the car park to where the path branches, you can take the other route to see Toft Gate Lime Kiln. The remains of this kiln stand as a reminder of Nidderdale’s industrial heritage.

It was built in the 1860s and was heated to produce quicklime for local agriculture through the 19th Century. But advances in industry and agriculture meant small lime works like this one closed over time in favor of bigger operations. But this small local kiln remains as a reminder of the industry in the region.

Toft Gate Lime Kiln The Coldstones Cut

Pause For A Picnic

Due to the elevated position of The Coldstones Cut, wherever you look you are surrounded by breath-taking panoramic views of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. There are several picnic benches dotted around that boast spectacular views. So be sure to pack your lunch, grab a seat, and have a peaceful pause in the beautiful countryside.

When To Visit

The sculpture is open and accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. But with that being said, the remote location does mean it could be difficult to access in winter months if there is snowfall.

Personally, I enjoyed our visit in September, as we avoided the summer crowds, but the vibrant summer greenery was still visible. Whatever time of year you visit, the views always promise to be breath-taking. I would advise arriving early in the day for a quieter visit and an opportunity to enjoy The Coldstones Cut uninterrupted. There is something magical about enjoying these kinds of places when you’re the only person there!

Why I Love The Coldstones Cut

One of my personal favorite things about writing this Hidden Yorkshire series is that, despite having lived in the region my whole life, it still manages to amaze me. The Coldstones Cut was another one of those destinations that truly surprised me.

This piece of public art has found a unique way of combining the natural beauty of the area and the industry of the quarry seamlessly. The structure is designed in a way that it makes the two contrasting landscapes feel like an extension of the artwork, and reminded me that, in its unique way, the quarry is just as beautiful and striking as the rest of the landscape.

View From The Coldstones Cut

Will You Visit The Coldstones Cut?

So this is my guide to visiting The Coldstones Cut. In my opinion, this surprising hidden gem is one of the region’s best-kept secrets! So be sure to include a visit on your Yorkshire bucket list when you’re next in the area!

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Are you looking for hidden gems and off the beaten track locations in the Yorkshire Dales, England? The Coldstones Cut is one of the most beautiful places in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. This incredible piece of public art in North Yorkshire combines the surrounding landscapes and English countryside aesthetic with the industry of the neighbouring quarry. If you’re looking for things to do in the Yorkshire Dales, The Coldstones Cut should be the top of your travel bucket list!
Are you looking for hidden gems and off the beaten track locations in the Yorkshire Dales, England? The Coldstones Cut is one of the most beautiful places in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. This incredible piece of public art in North Yorkshire combines the surrounding landscapes and English countryside aesthetic with the industry of the neighbouring quarry. If you’re looking for things to do in the Yorkshire Dales, The Coldstones Cut should be the top of your travel bucket list!

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46 thoughts on “Hidden Yorkshire: How To Find The Coldstones Cut”

  1. Wow, this is so fascinating! Such a unique piece of art. I would love to walk along the many platforms and see the surrounding views. I hadn’t heard of the Coldstones Cut before but will add it to the list!

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    • It’s incredible isn’t it? The views are really spectacular! It was such a surprising place and I really enjoyed discovering it!

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    • Thanks Annette! I’m so pleased you love the guide and I hope you get an opportunity to visit The Coldstones Cut next year, it is an incredible location!

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  2. What a picturesque place to stop for a picnic at the very least! I’d love to visit Coldstone Cut (you’re right, I’d never heard of it), and check out the old kiln.

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    • It is such a picturesque picnic spot! I had no idea the kiln was there when we first arrived…there’s nothing better than turning up to discover a hidden gem and finding a second!

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  3. Oh wow – this is awesome! I didn’t even know this existed! It looks like such a scenic place for some soothing walks. Love the history here too.

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    • It’s a wonderful spot! The landscape is so picturesque and the artwork is incredible. I’d love to spend some more time walking around here, I think it might be my new favourite spot!

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  4. This place looks so cool! I never heard of the Coldstones Cut before. Now I have to add it to my England bucket list when I return to visit York. 🙂

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    • I’m really surprised The Coldstones Cut isn’t more well known because it is a beautiful location! It would make a lovely day trip from York. I hope you have an opportunity to visit soon!

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    • The landscape is spectacular! I love a visit to the Dales where the countryside looks like this for miles around! The Coldstones Cut is a beautiful piece of art that really works well with the countryside and gives you a great spot to take in the views! I hope you get an opportunity to visit!

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  5. What a great guide! I had never heard about this place either. But it looks beautiful and I love visiting unique attractions so now it’s on my list. I was hoping to visit England this holiday season but it looks like I will have to plan a trip for next year instead. Can’t wait 🙂

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    • I hope you get to visit England soon! It’s great fun unearthing hidden gems like this, isn’t it? The Coldstones Cut is beautiful and well worth a visit!

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  6. Yorkshire is a favourite desintation of mine, thanks for sharing these tips for such a unique place to visit. I’ll have to give the Coldstones Cut a go next time I head up in that direction. Thanks for sharing!

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    • I’m biased having lived here my whole life but Yorkshire is definitely one of the most beautiful and varied destinations! I can see why you love it! The Coldstones Cut is definitely worth a visit when you’re next in the area!

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  7. That really is an amazing view. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Yorkshire Dales but I love the area and would definitely want to check this out next time I drive through.

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  8. Very cool! I have never heard of this. Love how they incorporated art into a working quarry! Sabin’s design really fits. Your instructions on finding it with your beautiful photos are quite helpful.

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    • I’m glad you love the guide! It is a beautiful location and Sabin’s design is a perfect way to tie together the landscape and the quarry. It all works together beautifully!

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  9. WOW this is absolutely incredible! I love it when art transforms a space like this. What an undertaking this must have been for Andrew Sabin!

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    • It’s an incredible feat, isn’t it? Sabin’s work brings together the landscape and the quarry beautifully. It’s a wonderful location and is well worth a visit!

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  10. Yorkshire looks like such an awesome place to visit. The Coldstone Cut looks like such a cool site to see in Yorkshire. The views look amazing and I would like to have a picnic lunch there.

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    • I’m definitely biased but Yorkshire is one of the most beautiful places in England! The Coldstones Cut is an especially beautiful spot It’s the perfect place for a picturesque picnic!

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  11. Holy moly, that view is epic! I love hearing about hidden spots that are off the beaten path. I have yet to visit the UK but I hope to one day. I am so adding this spot to my list.

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    • It’s a cracking view, isn’t it! I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before! It’s a beautiful place and well worth a visit when you’re in the area. I hope you get an opportunity to visit the UK one day soon!

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    • It’s a stunning place, isn’t it? I was surprised I’d never heard of it before either. I love discovering hidden gems like this!

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    • Don’t worry, I’ve lived here my whole life too and I only discovered it on this visit! It is such an incredible place though and well worth a visit! I hope you get an opportunity to visit soon!

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  12. What a great place to discover. UK is definitely a place we want to visit when the world opens up back, so I’ll make sure to add the Coldstones Cut to our list of hidden gems. Thank you

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    • The Coldstone Cut is definitely a unique and beautiful place! I hope you get an opportunity to visit soon. Thanks for reading!

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    • It is a wonderful gem, isn’t it? It is definitely a great place to go for a socially-distanced stroll. You’ll just want to make sure you arrive early, as I imagine it gets busier throughout the day! Thanks for reading!

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  13. This is awesome, there are really a lot precious things to see especially to hidden spots like this, great landscape too. Thanks for sharing. I like your way of writing.

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    • Thanks so much Rita, I’m glad you like the guide! Discovering Yorkshire’s hidden gems has definitely been the blessing to come out of the pandemic. It’s so easy to look over the amazing attractions on our doorstep when we’re busy travelling the world!

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    • It is so much fun seeking out these local hidden gems! It amazes me how many I’m able to unearth! I’ve lived in Yorkshire my whole life and is still continues to surprise me! The Coldstone Cut is well worth exploring, it is such a fascinating place!

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    • It’s an incredible gem, isn’t it? I’m amazed I’d never heard of it before! The views are absolutely incredible and the landscape is stunning. I hope you get an opportunity to visit!

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    • I was amazed that I’d never heard of it either! It is a beautiful place. I’m glad you like the photos, it is so photogenic! I hope you get an opportunity to visit!

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