|Just got back from Derbyshire, and a single day stone circle-fest!
We had a great time, took in the Nine Ladies, Doll Tor and Barbrook one.
The Nine Ladies looks splendid again now the railings have gone, the new grass looks natural and there were quite a few folks there. A nearby tree is adorned with offerings, wind-chimes and suchlike. It's a lovely site once more.
Doll Tor is simply one of the most gentle and charming sites ever. I found the quarry not far away - be careful! - and was quite surprised at how much the stones had been repaired over the years. I never noticed this before, one stone in particular looks pieced together from many different segments. I'm glad of the restoration, Doll Tor is enchanting, nestled in woodland with the late summer sun throwing shapes through the foliage.
My first visit to Barbrook one... I was glad I found it... but whether it was the bleak moor, the rain, or just the fact that I wish I'd have bought warmer clothes... I couldn't quite 'connect' - u-know!
Tried to get to Hordron Edge circle too, but the only seemingly reasonable route had a 'private land no entry' type sign, and locked gate. It was getting late, and neither Summer Garland nor myself wanted to incur the wrath of some farmer or whatever... so we didn't visit the site.
This is the first time I've had trouble reaching a site, I must admit to feeling a little cheated, by all accounts this circle is a delight.
I must recommend the 'Rock Around The Peak' book to anyone wishing to delve into Derbyshire's treasures. It's a valuable resource.
Posted by suave harv
21st October 2003ce
Edited 21st October 2003ce
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