Gryke, Grike


Moor, Rock

Area of origin

N England

Area of use

N England

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An open joint, normally near-vertical, in limestone.

Grykes are formed by acid erosion from water percolating through existing cracks and joints in the alkaline rocks. Over time this erosion widens and deepens the cracks forming a distinctive flagstone-like formation [see also Clint]. Grykes provide a niche habitat for flora and fauna, protected from grazing, predation and the elements even delicate species can be found thriving within.


Late 18th century (originally northern English dialect): of unknown origin.

Example locations

  • Newbiggin Crags

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Entry contributors:

Tony Smith