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MK and environs

Yesterday, after ordering a new car in the morning (yay!), we took a quick spin up and around the hell that is Milton Keynes.

First stop was shopping over near Sandy, then back through Bedford to the Devil's Jump Stone. Sadly, despite parking on the dot according to the GPS, I failed to find this stone. It either needs a more accurate reference, or detailed instructions of where to find the stone.

Devil's Jump Stone — Fieldnotes

I parked spot on the grid ref given, but couldn't see the stone anywhere. There's a footpath leading behind the houses, but nothing to be seen there, and a footpath on the open ground on the other side of the road. I drew a blank.

Any specific directions to find the stone would be useful (unless the grid ref is actually wrong)

We had to pop into the centre of Milton Keynes for some retail therapy, which caused problems in trying to get out again in the right direction! I hate this place!

Finally getting our bearings, I headed up toward the Stony Stratford Stone. Like Glennancy, I'm not sure about this. The stone(s) seem to be placed on the ground, rather than 'embedded', and don't feel that old.

Stony Stratford Stone — Fieldnotes

The instructions below are spot on for finding the stone(s), but I think Grid Ref SP782416 is more accurate than the one given.

Lying within a nature conservation area, the walk alongside the river is well maintained, and it's possible to see that the stones are resting on the surface rather than being embedded in the ground. That suggests to me that the stones are not that old, but I'd be happy to be proved wrong.

Stony Stratford Stone — Images

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On the way back, I spotted a possible standing stone at the GalleyHill Roundabout (SP797396). This may have been an old milestone, it's hard to say - there were no marks on the stone, but it was right by the road on the roundabout. This whole area would have been a building site during the development of the area so I'm doubtful that it is genuine.

Having not had much luck, and with the weather being unbearably hot and humid, the car decided it didn't like the idea of being replaced and the aircon decided to stop working, so we headed straight for home.
ocifant Posted by ocifant
1st June 2003ce
Edited 2nd August 2004ce

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