Bronze Age Stone Circle
Northwest of Kettlewell, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref SD89957937
OS Maps - Landranger 98 (Wensleydale), Explorer OL2 (Yorkshire Dales: S & W Areas)
Yockenthwaite circle looking southwest. The river is just beyond the wall and line of dead bracken.
Part of the double ring of stones.
is a lovely little ring of stones that is probably a small stone
circle although it could be the kerb remains of a robbed cairn.
Whichever, it's in a fantastic position on the north bank of the fledgling
River Wharf, a river that was so important to the prehistoric peoples
of Yorkshire. At this point in its journey the river is passing through
the narrow valley of Langstrothdale with the hills of Yockenthwaite Moor
to the north and Horse Head Moor to the south, a lovely spot that gives
the circle the air of a small camp. The circle itself consists of about
24 stones in a slight oval measuring 7 metres by 6.5 metres with what
could be the remains of an outer circle or kerb in the northwest quadrant
and gaps towards the northeast and southeast where presumably stones are
missing. A possible outlying
boulder lies about 6 metres to the southeast and there are a couple of
other questionable outlying stones further away to the west. Although
the circle stones are quite bulky non are more than half a metre in height
while the largest stone seems to be the one closest to the river, could
it be that this position was important to the people who built Yockenthwaite?
Suggested Date: Bronze Age