Anston stones woods is a beautiful location on the edge of Anston, I actually think it is much nicer than Cresswell Craggs and less spoilt.
Anston stones is the jewel in the crown of Anston. If you find Anston parish hall you will find a large car park. There is also a cafe in the welfare hall at certain times.
Walk across the football pitch to the bottom corner of Anston cricket ground, then walk down the path, which will bring you into Anston stones. You will see the river Ryton at the bottom right of the gorge.
Turn left and follow the path across an open area, go into the Stones wood and follow the path all through the woods. Occasionally you will pass under railway bridges and across the river Ryton.
Anston stones has some fantastic limestones rock faces, which are much covered by the greenery.
At some stage as you pass through a railway tunnel, you will see a concrete bridge passing over the river Ryton. Cross the bridge and go up a really high flight of stairs. You will find a seat at the top of the stairs and you may wish to rest here. Then turn left and follow the path across the open heath land and then back into the wood and through a Limestone gorge. You will rise back up some stairs and back onto a heath or common. Follow the path back down onto the path you originally came on.
Anston stones is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The only disappointing factor with this, is that too much timber is left to rot, which leaves it looking a bit of a mess. I think 50% of the timber should be removed and sold on by Anston Parish council. I would also like to see the paths better maintained.
Much of the timber in the forms of Oaks for building our navy long ago was taken from the stones woods, which was originally owned by the Duke of Leeds, who sold it onto the Kiveton and rural district in the 50’s, for a £1. In 1975 the rural district passed the stones onto Anston parish council.
Far more could be done with the stones to give us a history lesson of how it was used in the past, before it was used for recreation. The stones would also be a brilliant place to re introduce red squirrels into the wild.
Please correct me if any of my facts are incorrect.