Bronze Age Stone Circle
East of Hebden, North Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE06436304
OS Maps - Landranger 99 (Northallerton & Ripon), Explorer OL2 (Yorkshire Dales: South & West areas)

Appletreewick Stone Circle Appletreewick looking towards the south. The natural boulder is at the top of the picture.
Appletreewick Largest Stone
The large boulder that faces into the circle, with possible cup marks on its top surface.
Also known as Fancarl Top Circle, this is a ring of 6 stones measuring about 10 metres in diameter that sits on a slightly northwards sloping hillside overlooking Hebden Moor and Grimwith Reservoir.
One of the stones here appears to be a natural earthfast boulder that is partly covered with grass and with a flat front facing into the circle, almost like it was addressing it - it could be that this stone was picked deliberately when the builders were deciding on the location of the circle. There are also some depressions on the top of this boulder that could well be cup marks and it is interesting that there is a concentration of carved stones nearby to the southeast on Skyreholme Moor.
While there are some fine views to the north and west at Appletreewick the views to the south that are visible from the nearby road are just about hidden at the circle itself with only the tops of the distant hills still in sight. Could it be that this circle was meant to be hidden from those living to the south and that it was only meant to serve the people living on the moors to the north?

Suggested Date: Bronze Age

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