Exploring the Yorkshire Dales with a Teddy a bottle of wine a Pipe & Tobacco and a Primus in the haversack.
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Friday, 17 June 2011
Hare Stones Millstone
To follow on from the Addingham moor Millstones back in the 1970's I found one at the Hare Stones at
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Parking the van at Widdop reservoir I followed the Gorple Gate Track with a view back across to the Water Board house at Widdop Lodge
as the track kinks at Clough Head Stones there's a look back to the van and the boulder balanced on top of Cludders Slack (what a great name)
followed the track as far as a locked gate at Spring Head then turned down to the Hare Stones
67" diameter 11" thick with a 9" diameter centre.
I don't know how you'd move it now let alone back in the horse and cart days ? Maybe that's the clue carve two and pull them on an axle ? Here's a view from Google Earth
There wasn't much shelter so I set off for the middle rocks on the horizon D on the map
To find a carved bowl full of water on the top,You often get these around here on the moors and even in a hot sunny spell they still have water in I wonder if it's a dew pond type thing using condensation and if so how far back was it carved ?
That wasn't the only good find though because under the rock was a perfect shelter
and from the back
the Bear opens the Bistro with a Vietnamese drip coffee using water from the rock bowl above and a home made bread and Sild in T sauce butty
(A perfect "Bivy" spot watch this space), before exploring Black moor and down to the dam wall then back to take a photo of the sun set at Gorple Gate