NY3911 : Dove Crag

taken 3 months ago, near to Hartsop, Cumbria, Great Britain

Dove Crag
Dove Crag
At 792 metres high Dove Crag is perhaps more famous for its climbing than as a mountain, a blip on the way to Fairfield but Dove Crag was actually the first fell that Wainwright wrote about. Seen here from a field near Hartsop Hall.

The boulder is an erratic dumped by the retreating glaciers of the last ice age and Dovedale is thought to have been the largest glacier in the Lake District, therefore, it is quite conceivable that this was one of the last boulders to be left. It stands isolated but close by several other boulders that would have been on the shore on the post-glacial Brothers Water which has since shrunk through sedimentation.

What early man would have made of this natural monoliths is open to question but Iron Age man incorporated them in their settlement defences. The boulder forms part of a Romano-British settlement containing hut circles and a burial cairn. Today a determined sheep guards the stone.

From my photo-diary for 8th April 2019 see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 8 April, 2019   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 9 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Primary Subject of Photo
Boulder 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3980 1168 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:29.8114N 2:55.8594W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3980 1168
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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