The Great Stone of Fourstones

The Great Stone of Fourstones

This is a large, impressive looking rock which lies just 10 metres into Yorkshire but is still part of the Forest of Bowland on Tatham Fell. As the name suggests there were once four stones but the others were thought to have been broken up centuries ago. Now the remaining stone has fifteen steps carved in it for convenience and the views of the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales are stunning. You can also see Gragereth – one of the claimed to be highest hills of Lancashire, and over to the North West are the Howgills, Lakeland Fells. This is a wonderful bit of countryside between the three counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The rock lies on the Bentham to Slaidburn pass and this was the first time we visited the area. Whilst driving down to Slaidburn I looked out for a walk next week. I’ve not been out for a few weeks as my back has been playing up. Here’s hoping for next week! In the meantime it was a smashing drive and we had dinner at the Hark to Bounty pub in Slaidburn. We spoke with a chap who had cycled the old Roman Road from Lower Slater, which also skips past Stocks Reservoir and ends up at Slaidburn. This is another walk I want to try but this is definitely either a full nine hour walk or two car job.