Bronze Age Cairn
South East of Chatsworth, Derbyshire OS Map Ref SK29306857
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
Harland Edge Cairn. The stone to the left and those in the middle form an outer kerb while the stone to the right is set into the outer bank of a raised central structure. The dark ground on the horizon is Raven Tor.
This is an unusual monument
and various accounts of it differ on both its classification and even
its form. Situated on the sloping ground of Harland Edge which divides
Beeley Moor into an upper northern terrace and a lower southern one
it is a confusing jumble of fallen and upright stones, some forming
a kerb while others suggest entrances. These stones are set into an
oval cairn of rubble measuring between 8 - 9 metres in length and about
6 metres at it narrowest which has a central raised area that appears
hollowed out somewhat. In the picture above the stone to the right is
set into the outer edge of this raised area which can be seen as the
darker area of grass on along the right of the photo. The stone to the
left is part of an outer kerb that can be seen to continue with the
line of four continuous slabs in the centre of the picture and also
shown in the photo below. Beyond these slabs to the southwest English
Heritage record a gap between the stones as being an entrance while
another is reported to the northeast, on the day I visited the thick
vegetation and failing light meant I didn't have chance to confirm this.
Four stones of the outer kerb with a couple of smaller stones just in front of them.
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