Bronze Age Stone Circle
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE137447
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)
View of the Grubstones circle looking roughly southeast.
Known as the Grubstones, this is one of several circular monuments on Ilkley Moor/Rombald's Moor a place more famous for its rock art. There seems to have been much speculation in the past as to exactly what this monument was, it has been suggested that it forms the kerb of a ring cairn or robbed round cairn (although there is very little sign of stone/rubble infill in the centre) while others have proposed that it was the foundation wall of a possible Iron Age hut. English Heritage regard the site as the remains of a stone circle.
Whatever it was, what remains now is around a dozen visible small stones about half a metre high, with others buried beneath the copious heather bringing the total number to around twenty stones, some have been lost at the south due to the building of a what looks like a grouse shooting butt.
The key to finding the ring is 'head for the shed' - a large wooden building that can be seen for quite a distance on the moor. Leaving the Cow and Calf car-park travel in a southwards direction by whatever paths are available, after about half a mile the shed can be seen a further half a mile to the south. Once you get there continue into the heather for a short distance to the stones.
See also Ilkley Moor & Rombald's Moor Introduction
Date: Bronze Age
View looking north over the Grubstones towards the track that follows the ridge of Burley Moor.
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