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From my back window I see the moors, and this morning they were covered with snow. So a walk was in order, and my walking buddy James was ready when I picked him up at 9.

Hard to find the path in the snow – all too easy to get lost here

By the time we climbed up to the moors it was blowing a blizzard, and visibility was poor. Besides the tracks were getting covered in snow, and route finding was quite difficult – bearing in mind both James and I know these moors extremely well shows how bad things were getting.

No one shooting grouse from this butt today

Our first port of call was the Neolithic stone circle at Horncliffe – a very eerie place indeed and one which is rarely visited. probably because few know about it.

We didn’t linger, a quick drink and a sandwich and we were off.

The Bronze Age stone circle at Horncliffe.

On the way back we decided to stop an another old stone circle – the Twelve Apostles. It is a couple of years since I have been here and it looked quite mysterious with it’s winter coat on. In Spring people put bits of heather and wild flowers in it’s centre, but not today.

The 5000 year old Twelve Apostles stone circle – although originally there were 20 stones.

And as we started to get towards civilisation it got clearer and the snow stopped.

At last we approached the mysterious Haystack Stone – and 10 minutes later we were back at the car. A superb 8 miles or so – and it was nice to be back on the moors again.

The enigmatic Haystacks Stone – covered in prehistoric carvings and surrounded by a Neolithic wall it is one of the many mysteries of these moors.

 

 

 

 

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