Geologise in Cliff Rigg Quarry at Roseberry Topping
The striking landscape of Cliff Rigg Quarry, with its towering rock formations and sheer slopes make it a favourite spot for geologists.
Quarrying activity began in 1869 with huge quantities of whinstone being removed to provide high quality setts and road aggregates for the rapidly expanding city of Leeds. As a result of the quarrying Cliff Rigg Quarry today appears as a steep sided valley. The exposures left by the quarrying show the Cleveland dyke in full cross section and this has earned the area Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status due to its geological importance.