Woofa Enclosure
Bronze Age Enclosure and Rock Carvings (PRAWR 372)
Burley Moor, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE139455
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)

Woofa Enclosure - Boundary wall
Boundary wall of the enclosure curving upwards and to the upper left of the picture.
Woofa Bank is an area to the northeast of Ilkley Moor and to the southeast of Green Crag Slack that has the remains of a prehistoric enclosure system on its gently north facing slope as well about a dozen cup marked and carved rocks. The enclosure is roughly oval and measures about 80 metres by 50 metres with the low walls consisting of earth and rubble as well as some larger stones which can be best seen to the north and west and although the enclosure is thought to date to the Bronze Age it is possible that this area was in use from as early as the Mesolithic era.

There are several carved stones within the enclosure and a couple more outside. The most interesting is the one shown immediately below that has cups and a series of grooves that appear to form a random pattern but it could be that they are meant to represent a map of the area. It may be that the grooves show field boundaries or stock enclosures and the cup marks could be interpreted as springs - part of the carvings on the stone are now overgrown with grass.

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

See also Ilkley Moor & Rombald's Moor Introduction
Woofa Enclosure  - Carved stone PRAWR 372
Carved stone within the enclosure (PRAWR 372) marked with water for clarity - was this a map?
Woofa Enclosure - Cup marked rock
Small cup marks on one of the enclosure stones.
Woofa Enclosure - Cups and grooves
Large cups and some grooves on one of the stones.

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