This is the James Stone, first discovered by my good friend James Turner and myself last summer.
The stone is on a very remote part of a very remote and little visited Blubberhouses moor. I have walked these moors for donkeys years and in all that time I have only seen one other person. Almost no one goes up here. There is a track – a Roman road in fact, but that is a mile or so away. And it is going away from the stone.
The stone could be a boundary marker, put down a few centuries ago – but I doubt it. There are a couple of boundary stones on these moors but they are much, much smaller. There are no paths nearby and to carry this enormous stone (it is 5 ft. tall) would take a huge amount of effort. The ground all around is very soggy.
It is probably a prehistoric standing stone, there was a little Bronze Age settlement nearby, but when I was up there in the summer it had been bulldozed and destroyed, probably unintentionally. There are a few settlements on these moors – all unexcavated.
This shot was taken early one morning – nice to watch the sunrise over the moors from this standing stone.