Cup-Marked Stone: OS Grid Reference – SE 0739 6254
Along the B6265 Pateley Bridge-Grassington road, roughly halfway between Stump Cross Caverns and the turn to Skyeholme and Appletreewick (New Lane) is a dirt-track on your right-hand side called Black Hill Road. Walk along here for a few hundred yards till y’ reach the gate on the right. A track meanders downhill, to the rich pastures of Nussey Green. Several hundred yards down, to the right-hand side of the track, we find this stone along with several of its companions. Look around!
Archaeology & History
Rediscovered by Stuart Feather (1964) in the early 1960s, like other carvings in this small cluster it is nothing special to look at unless you’re a real rock-art freak. It is a flat, roughly triangular stone described by rock art students Boughey & Vickerman (2003) and having 13 cup-markings on it. To get a full look at the entire carving, you may have to roll a bit of the turf away from one side of the rock.
- Boughey, Keith & Vickerman, E.A., Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding, WYAS 2003.
- Feather, Stuart, “Yorkshire Archaeological Register 1963: Appletreewick, W.R.,” in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, volume 41, 1964.
© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian