Eventually, the top of the hill came into view and we saw the jagged line of the Bride Stone crags.
This is gritstone and, inevitably, there were people climbing. I didn't see any ropes though, just lots of bouldering mats. When I checked with Mark afterwards, he told me that the crags are well known for bouldering because there are a lot of highball problems (routes which are not quite high enough for trad climbing, but are at the top end of what would be recognised as bouldering. - I've never enquired about the origin of the name 'highball' :p )
I love the little peep holes through grit.
The views were marvellous.
Snack stop on top!
The trig point is beginning to crumble a little.
This weathered bit of grit is the rock after which the whole crag is named. Once this was part of a pair of standing stones; the bride stone and the groom stone. In the past, wedding ceremonies happened here. Unfortunately, the top heavy groom stone has toppled from his base and the bride stone is left standing alone.
The groom stone is on the right here, lying behind his base.
Of course, there were the inevitable quips about drunken grooms :)