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Photograph of square edged York Stone Steps from above

Yorkstone Steps - Sawn and Bullnosed

Yorkstone, or Yorkshire Stone, is a generic name for sandstone quarried in the North of England. It is characterised by its fine, tightly packed, grains which make it an ideal hard wearing material for use as steps and other architectural masonry. 


The colour of the stone differs depending upon the area in which it is quarried and the minerals which form the stone. Minerals present in Yorkstone include quartz, mica, clay and iron oxide. The resulting colours range from deep sandy buff through to grey with hints of silver or blue.


Infographic showing comparative stone colours

Above: The range of stone colours commonly available,  

shown when wet and when dry. Click to enlarge.

Example: Before & After Installation Of York Stone Steps

Two photographs, York stone steps compared with original red tiled steps

York Stone - Suitability For Steps

  • Produced from diamond sawn (Ashlar sawn) stone
  • Non-slip, even when wet
  • Extremely hard wearing - they will last 100 years or more
  • A choice of colours to suit your house front
  • A traditional building material
  • Approved by local authorities in most instances when renovating listed buildings


The colours available give you the opportunity to compliment or transform your house frontage. You can choose the warmth of the buff Yorkstone or the sharp and stylish silver and blue grey Yorkstone. Please contact us for more information or a quotation.

Flexible aesthetics and sound structural qualities make Yorkstone the sensible choice for steps that will get heavy usage.

For further insight into the step design and implementation, and for an explanation of some terms, please take a look here.


York Stone Care and Maintenance Guide

A large flight of sawn and bullnosed Yorkstone steps

Above: Buff bullnosed Yorkstone steps in North London