Druid’s Temple is in fact not a real temple, but is one of Yorkshire’s quirkiest 19th century follies. The folly was inspired by Stonehenge, built in 1820 by the then-sheriff of Yorkshire, William Danby, a wealthy landowner of the time to alleviate local unemployment, pay local workers a shilling a day for their labour.
At less than 200 years old, it is nonetheless an atmospheric and intriguing location with myths and rumours of mystic practices have sprung up over its lifetime with tales of Devil worship and harrowing frights experienced by those who have spent the night.
There are many public footpaths to the main folly and within the woodland there are a number of other standing stones. At a number of points there are stunning views over the Leighton reservoir, surrounding moorland and the Yorkshire Dales landscape.
There are many walking trails within the woodland with plenty of picnic spots to enjoy something to eat whilst bird watching with friends and family.