Hawks Stones, Stansfield Moor, Near Todmorden, West Yorkshire

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Hawks Stones (as seen from Kebs Road, near Todmorden). Hawks Stones (as seen from Kebs Road, near Todmorden).

Hawks Stones, near Todmorden (strange shaped rocks). Hawks Stones, near Todmorden (strange shaped rocks).

    OS grid reference: SD 9233 2735. A gritstone outcrop at the western edge of Stansfield Moor above Kebs Road, near Todmorden, in west Yorkshire. Like its near neighbour, Bride Stones, Hawks or Hawk Stones has many strange-shaped weather worn rocks and boulders that were first laid-down many millions of years ago, and then fashioned by a retreating glacier during the last Ice Age – some 13,000 to 15,000 years ago. There are the usual naturally-formed rock basins, and a few of the larger boulders appear to have ancient cup-marks, although it is often hard to differentiate between erosion-related holes and man-made rock-art. To reach Hawks Stones take the footpath from Kebs Road going east up the slope near the “old” Sportsman public house, then after 60m follow the ridge – going north-north-east to where you will…

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