Grey Horse Stone
Bronze Age Standing Stone?
Stony Marl Moor, North Yorkshire  OS Map Ref NZ95250093
OS Maps - Landranger 94 (Whitby & Esk Dale), Explorer OL27 (North York Moors - Eastern Area)

The Grey Horse Stone - is this a Bronze Age standing stone or a more recent way marker?
There seems to be little information about this stone that stands by a track across the northern edge of Stony Marl Moor. It is possible that it is a relatively recent way marker as it is carved with initials and a direction arrow but it seems more likely that it is linked with the Bronze Age cairn-field located just to the south and west - several of these cairns are associated with carved rocks and it could be that the Grey Horse Stone stood as an outlier to mark this particular burial site. It is an interesting angular slab that stands about a metre and a half tall with one of its flat sides facing inwards towards the cairns and it has been suggested that it formed part of a triangular setting of stones, a small stone can be seen in the photograph below while a further small rock stood some distance to the southwest. Whether this setting of three stones was a deliberate and symbolic act or just a fortuitous arrangement is open to debate.

The small stone in the foreground is one of three (including the Grey Horse Stone) that have been suggested form a triangular alignment. The third stone is some distance to the southwest.

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