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    jamesmhe

    Join date : 2013-12-30
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    Horncliffe Circle

    Post  jamesmhe on Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:13 am

    Horncliffe Circle SE 1334 4353   Saturday 12 April 2014

    I wanted to visit Horncliffe Stone Circle since I read about it on the TNA website. It looked intriguing and was probably little visited as it is out of the way.

    I walked up to 'ROMS LAW' circle on a beautiful Saturday morning just after dawn broke. The circle is easy to find from ROMS - just head South for about a mile down the track at the back of the shooting hut. You will notice a Boundary Stone with the words 'Thos Pulleyn' on your left and a few yards past this is a stile over the fence. Cross the stile and 30 yards in front of you deep in the heather is the circle.

    You don't see it until you are just a few feet from it...and I found it quite eerie. It reminds me a bit of ROMS circle - covered in heather, but a bit larger and deeper too. I know there is controversy as to whether it is a circle or a settlement, but it just LOOKS and FEELS like a circle. I sat for awhile and watched a Red Kit soaring in the sky. I found some cup and ring stones nearby but the carvings were very feint.

    On the way back I spent some time walking around the moors West of Horncliffe Well and after an hour or so I discovered the remains of a path with what looked like a foot high wall on either side, which went North for a hundred yards or so. This eventually petered out but I soon picked it up again by which time it had turned North East and was heading towards ROMS circle. Then after a dozen yards or so I lost it. It was very pronounced, with stones on either side and about 8 or 9 ft wide. It looked very much like the one near the circle at ROMS and I think it could be a continuation.

    Verdict: Well worth a visit, but a tad muddy on the path.

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    QDanT

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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  QDanT on Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:30 pm

    Great write up and Superb photo's certainly looks like you're 'hooked'  Laughing 
     cheers Danny


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    jamesmhe

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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  jamesmhe on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:12 am

    Thanks Danny

    I certainly am :-) Just wish I had more time to do it...
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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  Paulus on Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:21 am

    What's happened to the photos James?  Crying or Very sad 
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    jamesmhe

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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  jamesmhe on Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:19 am

    Err...sorry...I accidently removed them....I'll put them back asap
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    jamesmhe

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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  jamesmhe on Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:09 am

    I have put the pics back...apologies
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    Paulus

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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  Paulus on Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:04 am

    Hey, no need to apologise James. It's good to see your photos. spot-on 

    ...And it looooooks like you may have been the first person to take a photograph of the legendary cup-markings on the Horncliffe circle stones. They were reported in early accounts, but they're hard to see and its even doubtful as to their veracity. I'm doubtful of them misself - but I like the photo you've taken. Intriguing.....  Cool 
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    jamesmhe

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    Re: Horncliffe Circle

    Post  jamesmhe on Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:13 am

    Thanks Paul...and you you like the 'Avenue?' It is so clearly defined too...it has got to be a continuation of the one near ROMS circle.

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