Otley and the surrounding area are steeped in history, all leaving their mark on the landscape. From the Roman fort at Ilkley, Anglo-Saxon Churches to Rock Carvings, Stone Circles, Enclosures and Cairns
Cup and Ring markers
They consist of a concave depression, no more than a few centimetres across, pecked into a rock surface and often surrounded by concentric circles also etched into the stone. Sometimes a linear channel called a gutter leads out from the middle.
Ilkley Moor & Rombald's Moor has over 300 recorded stones, with a few on the Chevin above Otley.
I went to see who has left their mark.
Looking across to Arthington you can see Arthington Viaduct, also known as Castley Viaduct and listed as the Wharfedale Viaduct, carries the Harrogate Line across the Wharfe valley between Arthington in West Yorkshire and Castley in North Yorkshire, England. It is a Grade II listed structure.
Knotties Stone Bronze Age Carved Rock
|Not my photo (link)|
Easy to find as it is marked on Google maps, well worn now.. it hard to see any marks.
Modern day markers
Megalithic Stone Boundary
Ancient origin, probably marking an old property boundary
Walker's Christmas tree
|Millstone grit rocks|
New stone carvings
...for over 150 yr "Jenny's Cottage" was a popular destination for visitors to the Chevin, known for it's refreshments and hospitality. It was situated on the Chevin ridge and was known also as Chevin top house or farm, Jenny hill farm and Beacon house. The building was demolished in 1976.
The last thing to spot on my trip out today was the "BULL STONE"
This is a single standing stone of possible Bronze Age date that measures some six feet high and is highly weathered around its top. This weathering tells us that it has stood somewhere (not necessarily here), for a long time, and is not just an animal scratching post erected by a farmer in recent years. This whole area is rich in rock carvings, especially Ilkley Moor, and it is possible that this stone formed a marker, perhaps on a route to the moor, or even as a territorial boundary stone.(LINK)
It's far out in a private field , but from the Royalty Pub car park you can spot it.
(well i think that's it !)