Tuesday, 25 May 2010
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 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 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
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 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
The Kestrel is hovering over the fields watching for the slightest movement before diving down for the kill. :-)
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 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.