For three years Jan & Gus the intrepid owners of the Rock Art in the British Landscape website http://groups.msn.com/RockArtintheBritishLandscape/home.msnw have been seeking permission from the landowners to visit this site only to be denied. This year the landowner finally relented and allowed us to visit the two lovely panels that are well concealed in the woodland and leaf mould of the North Plantation.
I would not advise venturing into the woods without permission as parts of the site are littered with the remains of clay pigeons so this is obviously a site favoured by shooters.
The rock art here is beautiful. There are two panels both of which appear to be on earthfast or outcropping rocks. The first panel we uncovered was a long outcrop running roughly north to south. The panel has numerous cups cups and rings and grooves, but what was most remarkable about this panel was that it appears that a section of the rock had been quarried away in antiquity and a new carving placed in the rectangular section left by the quarrying.
The new carving is beautiful and appears to be virtually unweathered and leaving the peck marks looking extremely fresh.
It makes you wonder whether the stone that was quarried was used in the nearby Fowberry Cairn.
It's odd that the grooves on this panel mainly seem to follow the general north-south alignment of the outcrop whereas the new carving runs approximately east- west.
Graeme C made an interesting observation, the shape of this outcrop seems to come to a point, if you follow this point you will see a the summit of a distant hill, the bearing of this hill is exactly due south.
The second panel is a little smaller but is what I would describe as a busy panel with no real orientation - this panel contains and 'owl face' or occulus. The rest of the cups and rings are just doing their own thing. A thing of beauty all the same.
Don't forget, if you want to see this site - book early and be prepared to be knocked-back.