Bronze Age Stone Circle
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE137447
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)
as the Grubstones, this is one of several monuments on Ilkley
Moor/Rombalds 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 while English Heritage regard this as a stone
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, brining the total to around 20 - some have been lost at the south due to the building of a what looks like a grouse shooting but.
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.
Glossary Item: Bronze Age
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