Bamford Moor Stone Circle

Currently sat here struggling to keep my eyes open typing this blog post, so I’ll keep this brief.

This weekend I set off in search of a little known stone circle in the Peak District on Bamford Moor. On Saturday evening I plodded across the moor on a fixed bearing endeavouring to locate this ancient site and capture it on video.

I ended up overshooting my bearing and found myself elsewhere amongst the knee deep heather close to a discreet cairn – cursing my impatience in seeking the stone circle and being distracted by the ever improving weather, I fixed yet another bearing  after triangulating my position and soon found it.

It’s a good one this – several stones still standing with many fallen over surrounded by a ramp and ditch.

Fortunately, the heather hereabouts has recently been burnt and so the stones in it’s locale is not only easy to inspect but is an impressive sight to behold.

Not being keen to film it under grey skies and an ever dimming light I headed back and decided to set off from the campsite I was staying at with my wife the following morning. Leaving at around 5.30am I hoped to catch the sunrise smashing it’s rays over the stone circle.

Thankfully, the moon was out in force and the headtorch was set to the ‘off’ position for most of my walk. The whole world was in black and white and once I approached North Lees Hall noting it’s silhouette and dim orange lit windows – I honestly felt like I’d gone back to another century!

And tramping across Bamford Moor in moonlight was particularly eerie, too – the ground was now hard and crunched under every footstep and the heather was glowing from the night’s frost.

Eventually, I came upon the stone circle in a grey alien world and wrapped myself up snug in fleece and down clothing and waited.

I must have spent 3 hours or so at the site. You really must pay it a visit – it’s a charming place with epic views all around not least of all one being Stanage Edge and High Neb.

As time passed, I headed off back down for breakfast and detoured through some delightful woodlands to take in some autumnal scenes under blue skies and a warming sun.

Below you’ll find some freeze frame shots from the video I shot – these are only a tiny and selective snippet of what I captured – all contributing to a short 15 minute film based on certain sites in the Peak District through the seasons. This post and another (Peak District Wild Camp – some photos) should give you an idea of what I’m hoping to achieve. Though that’s it for this part of the Peak Park now – I shall be heading elsewhere in the coming weeks but I’ll return once the snows have drifted in.

Anyway, enough chit chat – I’m off for a hot bath and bed!

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing some fantastic pictures with us. Looks like it was well worth the early start.

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  2. Moonlight Shadow says:

    Great pics Terry, I see you were not far from Andy and I (we stayed in Edale on sat night). Weird thing, noticing the frost on your pics, is that it was totally dry in our part, probably the wind blowing all night (pitched the tent tight as a drum so no flapping…Andy modified Solo also did not budge an inch and no flapping anymore, looks mint what it did to it) prevented frost forming. A few more comments on my FB page.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice one Terry, you'll have been to as many circles as myself soon lol.
    Did you look for the old womans stone. ?

    Geoff / Twigs

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  4. terrybnd says:

    @Frank – Thanks and yes, it was worth the early start.

    @Moonlightshadow – Hardly a breeze for us. Camped at North Lees campsite. Nice place. But yep – plenty of frost about.

    Once up on Bamford Moor I could temperature inversions in the far distant valleys. Another wonderful Sunday in the Peaks.

    @Twigs – LOL Not quite, mate 😉 I did look for the old woman's stone. Didn't take any pics or video of it. Found (as mentioned above) the ancient cairn, too. It was that I took a bearing off for the stone circle.

    It's a real gem this one. I like it's position and atmosphere with Stanage looming above. Feels remote in that respect.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Rather like the hordron edge one in it's setting isn't it isn't it Terry, if you imagine there's no A57 cutting through the moor.

    The old womans stone is a bugger to find as the heather is taller than the toppled stone, well worth the hunt though, you wouldn't believe the weathering on it.

    The landowner toppled it as walkers were using it as an aid to navigate. !!!

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  6. Craig says:

    Nice one Terry, i was there a couple of months ago with rich, practicing a bit of Navigation, beautiful place and surroundings.. craig

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  7. terrybnd says:

    Thanks Craig. Yes, it's a good place to practice navigation actually.

    You do need to pay some attention, the stone circle is not easy to locate – well, if you don't pay attention to your pacing etc 😉

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