Monday, October 19, 2009

Finger Stone on Carlton Moor

Couple of nostalgic photos about Britain. The first is of the finger stone on Carlton Moor. A group of us Leeds undergrads walked past this while on the Lyke Wake Walk in 1980, a 42-mile hike across the North York Moors National Park, that we accomplished, as is the tradition, in 24 hours.

Quite what the enigmatic finger stone is no-one knows. An ancient boundary marker? A waymarker on the original Lyke Wake coffin road? It may even date back to pre-history. More likely is that it is a medieval signpost - scattered across the moors are a series of ancient stone crosses which were used for navigational purposes.

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