Bronze Age Carved Rock (PRAWR 253)
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE11194641
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)
The Barmishaw stone has some of Ilkley Moor's speciality carvings, the so called 'ladders' which consist of a pair of parallel grooves linked by perpendicular 'rungs' - it is thought that this pattern is unique to this stone and the Panorama Stone. In daylight the patterns on the stone can be difficult to make out but there appear to be six of these ladder forms, as well as twenty-four cups, nine of which have rings.
To find the stone, walk north from the Badger Stone, continue past the east-west track and continue roughly in the direction of the woods for 2 or 3 minutes. Although it is flat and only very low, the stone is a reasonable size and can be seen to the right in a clearing in the undergrowth.
Given its exposure to the weather and the feet of passing livestock and humans, the fact that the carvings survive at all is remarkable.
PRAWR = Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003)
See also Ilkley Moor & Rombald's Moor Introduction
Date: Bronze Age
Update: I returned several years later and took the image below side-lit by flash, the carvings are much more visible in this image.
The Barmishaw Stone lit by flash. The carvings are much more evident in this image than in daylight.
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