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Deer Park

Stone Circle


Like Greywether I was initially a tad confused as to how to access this frankly superb trio of standing stones... the deer fence is still there, still unclimbable, and an approach via the main road would have been in the direct vision of the sunbathing occupants of the house across the way. Yeah, that's right. Sunbathing. In addition it's never wise to be seen acting 'furtively' in the immediate vicinity of schools... people with warped minds will inexorably arrive at warped conclusions, will they not? So... for once.... I actually take the time to deliberate over the map. Should do that more often, since it transpires there is a riverside track (incidentally the mighty River Don, with great views to Mither Tap) which affords easy access to the site. Who'd have thought it? To locate the track carry on heading out of town to the next house on the left. Opposite is a layby with a stonking big red metal gate. Look closely and it incorporates a small, sliding grille. Beyond this the track heads for the river bank - as every good 'riverside walk' should, I guess - so continue to the right until just before the Gullie Burn discharges its contribution to the Don. Don't cross the burn; instead head right along the edge of light woodland and there you are. Simples.

To be honest there's not much more to say, not by utilising the English language, anyway. Three fine orthostats stand in leafy shade and invite me to do the exact opposite upon this baking hot afternoon. Chill out in the most literal sense. The shrill sound of a bell, a sudden cacophony of children's voices accompanied by the to'ing and fro'ing of cars raises the possibility of disturbance. Yeah, the end of the school day. But thankfully it does not materialise - huh, kids these days, eh? - and I am left in peace at this wonderful spot. As Greywether said, idyllic.
10th June 2012ce
Edited 10th June 2012ce

Comments (1)

Thanks for the tip. I'd never thought of following the Don (climbed over the fence beside the bridge parapet last time). I must go back and explore the area more thoroughly next time we have a sunny day.

LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
11th June 2012ce
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