Moor, Rock

Area of origin

N England

Area of use

N England

Related terms

Gryke, Grike

The upstanding blocks of limestone rock, often conserved as “limestone pavements”, with little or no soil. [T.S.]

The flagstones of a limestone pavement, the grykes being the cracks in-between. Products of localized acid erosion acting on existing fissures in the limestone slabs.


Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; related to Danish klint ‘cliff’ and Swedish klint ‘summit, cliff’.

Example locations

  • Newbiggin Crags

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Entry contributors:

Tony Smith