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Hunters Stone

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Hunters Stone

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Hunters Stone

Historical Environment Record No: MYD34559

Parish: Carlton Highdale

OS Grid Reference: SD992767

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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A large sandstone guidestone approximately 2 metres high. A small cross is incised on one face. The stone marks a remote stretch of an important early route used by monks and drovers travelling between Coverham Abbey and Kettlewell and by hunters pursuing deer in the nearby forest. A local legend tells that when the clock in Hunterís Hall, now called Coverhead Farm strikes twelve, the stone turns around.


The stone lies beside the minor road that runs along Coverdale. It is about 3 miles from Kettlewell and 2 1/2 miles from Woodale.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Woodale. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside. Note that just out of Kettlewell, the road is extremely steep.

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