Tuesday, 25 May 2010

The Sphinx Stone, Millstone Edge

the sphinx stone, Millstone Edge, Derbyshire

When I spotted this weathered rock at Millstone Edge it reminded me of a reclining lion. It wouldn't surprise me to find out it's called The Sphinx Stone but as far as I know it's just a nameless rock. :-(

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Stanton Moor is a wild upland area between Matlock and Bakewell which was an important site in the Bronze Age. Nicholas Thomas's Guide to Prehistoric England lists more than 60 prehistoric features on Stanton Moor including The Nine Ladies stone circle.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

The Cork Stone, Derbyshire

The Cork Stone, Stanton Moor

The strangely shaped Cork Stone on Stanton Moor is about 5m high and apparently a natural outcrop. Iron handholds have been added to make it easier to climb.

In 1789 Major Hayman Rooke recorded four standing stones surrounding the Cork Stone, but these have long since disappeared.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Andle Stone, Derbyshire

the Andle Stone, Twopenny Loaf, The Oundle Stone, The Anvil Stone

Derbyshire's Andle Stone is 5m high and stands in a field surrounded by a drystone wall. Among the modern graffiti at the top are cup marks, possibly contemporary with nearby stone circles Doll Tor and the Nine Ladies.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass is a route down to Castleton between towering limestone cliffs. According to legend the gorge is haunted on stormy nights by two young lovers who eloped in 1758. Henry and Clara were murdered my lead miners as they travelled to Peak Forest to be married. :-(

Friday, 7 May 2010

Hunting Kestrel

Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

The Kestrel is hovering over the fields watching for the slightest movement before diving down for the kill. :-)

Ruins on Stanton Moor

Ruins on Stanton Moor

There are a few crumbling ruins scattered across Stanton Moor. The remains of this small square building have all but disappeared. :-(

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The King Stone

The King Stone, The Nine Ladies, Derbyshire

The King Stone stands a few metres outside The Nine Ladies stone circle on Stanton Moor. Unfortunately the stone has been vandalised. The graffiti reads Bill Stumps. :-( Modern Druids leave regular offerings at the centre of the circle. A pentacle and blood are the most recent.
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