Bronze Age Cup and Ring Marked Rock (PRAWR 295)
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE130464
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)
The Planets - marked with water for clarity.
Illustration of the rock rotated to about the same angle as the photograph. From 'Ilkley: Ancient & Modern' by Robert Collyer and Joseph Horsfall Turner 1885
With such an evocative name as The Planets and with nine cup and ring patterns as well as single cups and a series of interlinking grooves this promises to be interesting rock. In reality, the carvings are badly worn with the rings and grooves shallow and difficult to discern - this could be partly due to the stone's exposed position making it susceptible to erosion by wind and rain. It measures about 180x160cm and stands on a small outcrop of rock north of the track that leads past the Haystack rock and just before the land drops away towards the Cow and Calf rocks and carpark 500 metres to the northeast. There are also a few rocks close by that have possible cups, although these marks could be natural features.
PRAWR = Prehistoric
Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003