The Haystack
Bronze Age Cup and Ring Marked Rock (PRAWR 302)

Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE130463
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)

The Haystack looking east
The Haystack looking east
The Haystack is a prominent rock that stands next to a main track that runs southeast to northwest across the northeaster side of Ilkley Moor. It measures 5.5 metres long, 3 metres wide, stands nearly 2 meters tall and can be seen from some distance from many points around the area and is useful as a navigation aid on this part of the moor.

The rock itself has many carvings with at least sixty cups and possibly more as the southern face is heavily eroded and it is difficult to tell which cups are man-made and which are natural. Some of the cups form a line along the ridge that separates the north and south faces and there are five rings along the top with a further four on the north face. There is also a cup with a gutter and incomplete ring that has been carved along a natural crack almost giving it the appearance of a human form as well as a line of deep cups that follow a fold in the rock and whose purpose must surely be just decorative. Just to the west is a small rock with three dubious looking cups on a vertical surface that faces towards the Haystack.

PRAWR = Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003)

See also Ilkley Moor & Rombald's Moor Introduction

Date: Bronze Age
The Haystack - some of the features of the rock
Some of the features of the rock, marked with water for clarity.
The Haystack - Top of rock
Detail of the top of The Haystack.
The Haystack - North face of rock
The north face of the rock.

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