Coldstones is a limestone quarry situated in Greenhow near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. The site comprises an area of active quarry and a screen mound together with unimproved sheep-grazed acid grassland/heath/rush vegetation. The site is adjacent to the North Pennines Moors SPA and SAC and Greenhow Pasture SSSI and lies within Coldstones Grassland SINC. The quarry features a unique viewing platform called the Coldstones Cut, a piece of modern art sculpted from local limestone which attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year.
There are four ponds, three recently constructed, and a number of dry stone walls and ephemeral ditches and runnels. There is also some restored heathland on the extensive quarry screening banks. Current management aims include management of all undisturbed ground within the site boundary and management of the habitats to be restored on the extended screen mound.
Ongoing nature project:
Species being encouraged by the biodiversity action plan include Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Grey Partridge, Skylark, Red Grouse, Golden Plover, Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank and Snipe as well as Great Crested Newt.