Green Gates
Cup and Ring Marked Rocks (PRAWR 255, 256, 256)
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire  General OS Map Ref SE114460
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)


Green Gates Stone 256 - The Pitchfork Rock
Stone 256 - The Pitchfork Rock
Green Gates Stone 257
Stone 257 - A fine cup and ring design to the top left
Green Gates Stone 255
Stone 255. The carvings on this stone are quite badly eroded, here a cup and ring are just about visible in the centre of the stone.
Green Gates is an area to the north of Ilkley Moor and to the south and east of the Badger Stone that contains three carved rocks. All three are fairly simple designs, Stone 255 at SE1141746040 is a pyramid shaped boulder with half a dozen cups, three of which have single rings and small gutters (image to the left). Stone 256 (upper left) has been dubbed the 'Pitchfork Rock' on account of its design consisting of a flattened U shaped groove with a further channel emerging from the bottom of the motif. There is also a small cup between the 'prongs' of the carving - OS Ref SE1149746041. A few paces to the north at SE1149946049, Stone 257 (upper right) has a finely carved cup and double ring design with a delicate gutter emerging from the cup. It also has a couple of other possible cups as well as two worn basins and a wide channel all of which may be natural.

PRAWR = Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003
Glossary Item: Bronze Age


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