Rooted in the land – Off piste

We climbed yet further …

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 118From the Haystack we walked along the edge of the moor, following the path to the Pancake Stone where Giant Rombald watches over the dale. The great slab is covered in cup and ring markings and at first glance, seems perched and ready to be once more a rocking stone. Closer inspection shows that too much rubble now rests between the stones to allow them to move. Nevertheless, I have tried many a time… though the legend says  it will only be moved by an honest man, which is why no Yorkshireman ever will…

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 113From here we walked a little further to the ‘scrying bowls’ and the odd rock formation there. We pondered their purpose and sought the faces carved by older forces than man upon its surface; if we could recognise the twin expressions of the stones, our ancestors would have done so too.

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 115Our companions headed off towards…

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