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One of the great thing about exploring the moors is that you never know what you will find. I know the moors pretty well – having walked and explored them for nearly half a century. And now I am taking my two grandsons Mackenzie and Finley (who are now 7 and 5) and they are starting to make their own discoveries.

The Bump Stone

The Bump Stone

The moors are covered in strange rock carvings – there are hundreds of them scattered about – most are hidden in the deep heather, but some are in plain view. And most of the carvings are only visible when the light is right – wet or low sun. Some are almost impossible to see in broad daylight.

The views across Addingham from the Bump Stone.

The views towards Skipton from the Bump Stone.

No one knows what they mean or who carved them, but most experts agree that they are about 5 – 7 thousand years old. They are fascinating. Mackenzie knows where a lot of them are, and often visits them when we are out. He makes up his own names for them. He can’t quite grasp how old they are, but he is fascinated by them.

The discoverers of the Bump - Finley and Mackenzie

The discoverers of the Bump – Finley and Mackenzie. Finley is cross because he wanted to find it first 😉

Last year all three of us were out on the moors and Mackenzie discovered a carving I didn’t know about. I must have walked past it dozens of times but haden’t noticed it – maybe the light was wrong. Anyway, he named it the ‘Bump Stone’ – and a good name it is too! If you trace your finger around the indentations you can feel the ‘bumps’. The carving is actually known as ‘Piper’s Crag Stone’ – but we’ll always refer to it as the ‘Bump Stone’.

The strange 'Swastika Stone' carving which is located nearby. There are several carvings in this area.

The strange ‘Swastika Stone’ carving which is located nearby. There are several carvings in this area. Actually, this is a Victorian fake – the real one is on the rock behind. If you blow this photo up you can just make it out in the top left.