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Ilkley Moor cup and ring trail back on
12:41pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Local news
An Ilkley Moor cup and ring stone GPS trail cancelled because of bad weather last month will take place on Sunday, October 27.
There are over 400 known Cup and Ring Stones on Rombalds Moor which includes Ilkley Moor.
The stones were carved during the Neolithic – Bronze Age period about 4,000 years ago. These designs of cups, rings and lines are intriguing and enigmatic. The reason they were carved is unknown, but are fascinating.
Two members of The Friends of Ilkley Moor, Colin Beecham and Barry Wilkinson, have spent months locating some of the stones, recording the co-ordinates, and planning the walk, navigating by the use of GPS references, which are also the National Grid references for those who want to use OS maps.
Mr Wilkinson said: “We appreciate that the Trail needs a certain knowledge of using GPS, but we hope it will appeal to young people. This was the case when I tried the walk out on three of my grandchildren,who spend most of their leisure time glued to computers.
“They were fascinated when they took it in turns using the GPS to find eight stones on the trail, which takes about two hours.”
The event will take place from 2pm to 4pm, starting and ending at White Wells car park.
Details and all the GPS references for the stones can be downloaded from The Friends of Ilkley Moor website ilkleymoor.org. Click on walks. The walking is graded as moderate to strenuous with some uphill.