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Walton Head Monoliths

Standing Stones


A recent visit to this Stone caused some confusion possibly as a result of mis-reading OS references. Getting off the Harrogate bus at the Walton Head Lane stop allows you to walk the route of Walton Head Lane to Kirkby Overblow. I'm pretty sure the OS ref on this original post locates a wide and low stone that is sitting in a small paddock behind a bungalow. This was the only stone I could see at the OS ref quoted. Is this stone of any relevance. I didn't enter the field but it was only a few yards from the road and it was easy to see that the symetrical rocks of Almscliffe crag were in direct view of the stone. However, I am new to all this and maybe mistaken about it's relevance.

Further on up the Lane I eventually found the Stone that Paulus mentions which has the incription on it. I wasn't sure whether it wasn't just a boundary stone but again it does line up with Almscliffe Crag on the NW horizon. Its located with a 360 degree view of Wharfedale, Harewood, and Vale of York. Very beautiful spot to stop and contemplate.

Incidentally the Lane climbs up what appears to be called Spofforth Haggs, interesting name when you consider Julian's discussion of the goddess landscape. Haggs Road runs nearby and here is a Cup and Ring marked stone on there somewhere too. Just to add some more mystery the Grey stone at Harewood also looks out to Almscliffe Crag. All this concentration of Hares and Haggs made me look at things in a different way.
Posted by The Captain
20th October 2004ce

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