Sun on wet rock

Rock islands in the heather. A boulder field of Jurassic sandstone on the ridge between North Ings Moor and Wayworth Moor. When the sun is shining on the wet rock, a special place which must have had some significance in prehistoric times. Close by buried in the heather are Bronze Age field systems, settlements  and a stone circle.


Sleddale Stone Circle

High on Wayworth Moor overlooking the quiet valley of Sleddale is a stone circle, dating from the Neolithic Age. Ritualistic monuments, are few and far between on the North York Moors. Barrows, burial mounds, abound but monuments built purely for ceremonial purposes are rare. There is a henge on Harland Moor to the south on the Tabular Hills and of course there are several others in the Vale of York notably Thornborough. The stone circle at Sleddale is by contrast very modest and would have been built when the moors were still covered by forest. Perhaps a meeting place for several extended families. It comprises about 16 stones, the highest just 600mm high. Not quite circular, more oval, about 20m across. Some excavation has taken place but no finds were found. Being so low lying the circle is difficult to photograph. This is where a drone would come in handy.