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Great Bride Stones

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<b>Great Bride Stones</b>Posted by MothyImage © Mothy - Spring 1999
Nearest Town:Todmorden (3km S)
OS Ref (GB):   SD932268 / Sheet: 103
Latitude:53° 44' 14.02" N
Longitude:   2° 6' 11.16" W

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I headed up to the bride stones today. It is easy to find and is just off the A road to the north of the stones. I would not recommend heading to the stones without a good pair of boots or wellies as it is very muddy and there is no clear path to the stones so it is a short yet treacherous journey in poor conditions.

Once there, it is a special place. Quiet and serene with decent views all around. There is definitely something special about the stones and its quiet location which only makes one reflect on all that the stones must have seen in this lonely yet special place.
Posted by Saban-of-Stonehenge
5th January 2012ce

To get there: It can be pretty bleak and wet up here, so make sure you're well wrapped up and if its wet, suggest good boots as it's quite squishy. Park outside the pub and head across the road, due South. Make your way through the fence and follow the dry stone wall on the moor side avoiding the sheep poo. When the wall runs out, make across country towards the right hand side of rocky outcrops as shown in photo above.

Following round the right hand (West) corner of the outcrop, you come to the slightly surreal mushroom (or phallic) weathered escarpment shown above. The main stones are further down.

Also worth a look is the main face of the crag, that in my opinion has what looks like a remarkably human face protruding from it - I tried to capture it in the photo above but it doesn't really do it three dimensional justice. Maybe it was a trick of the light and wet rock - curiously the rain enhancing the appearance of the stone.

Really quite special and feels very isolated.
Mothy Posted by Mothy
24th October 2005ce

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Bridestones

Scorched-looking, unhewn - a hill-top chapel.
Actually a crown of outcrop rock -
Earth's heart bone laid bare.

Crowding, congregation of skies.
Tense congregation of hills.
You do nothing casual here.

The wedding stones
Are electrified with wispers.

And marriage is nailed down
By this slender necked, heavy headed
Black exclamaition mark
of rock.

And you go
With the wreath of weather
The wreath of horizons
The wreath of constellations
Over your shoulders.

And from now on
The sun
Can always touch you
With the shadow of this finger.

From now on
The moon can always lift your skull
On to this perch, to clean it.

Ted Hughes
Remains of Elmet
1979
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
21st August 2006ce

This place first came to my attention in the late 90's through some Wiccans, so it is clearly a place of spiritual significance for some still! Mothy Posted by Mothy
24th October 2005ce

Situated between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden is an outcrop of huge and precariously weathered stones.

The name obviously derives from that of the Brigantian Goddess of the same name. There was also rumoured to be a Groom Stone once, now gone.

Folklore tells of marriages taking place here in the past.
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
16th January 2004ce