Sans le chien so went off piste, exploring the little visited fragments of Open Access Land. Frank Elgee’s Triangle Stone on Stanghow Moor seemed a good aim, last visited in a night navigation event a couple of winters ago. I found this standing stone easily, it might be over the top in calling it a menhir, but I think Elgee’s Stone is the smaller one behind which is indeed triangular. However I liked this photo better.
I really don’t know why Elgee, 1880-1944, renown archaeologist, geologist and naturalist, should have singled out this stone. It is fairly non-descript apart from being on moors devoid of scattered boulders. I really need to read his book, The Moorlands of North-East Yorkshire, maybe the answer is in there. One of these stones is marked as a boundary stone on the 1856 Ordnance Survey map, my guess it’s the larger one.
In the distance to the right is Lockwood Beck reservoir which was visited by an osprey in August this year. Cor, wish I had seen that.