The Andle Stone is a boulder that measures just over five metres from tip to tip. The stone lies to the west of the A6 on Stanton Moor in Derbyshire, and is dated back to pre-Roman times.
The main body of the stone features numerous “cup-and-ring” marks – a form of Neolithic and prehistoric art primarily found across northern West Europe – as well as more recent inscriptions and climbing grips running along its length.
CUP AND RING MARKS
Cup and ring marks are prehistoric symbols that can be found in countries all over the world, including Australia, Greece, India, Mexico, and most northern European countries. The design of such symbols consists of a concave depression in a surface (the “cup”), almost like a ping-pong ball had been removed from the solid, and concentric “rings” with a few centimetres between each leading outwards from said cup.
The purpose of the carvings is still unknown and dating such prehistoric markings is difficult at best, though it has been suggested that the carvings are ancient religious symbolism, but the great area over which similar markings have been discovered would indicate an almost worldwide ancient religion. Another theory is that, since many cup-and-ring carvings feature channels called “gutters” running from their centre down towards the ground, the carvings may have been used for some sort of ritual sacrifices, although there is no evidence to support such a claim.
I GO BY MANY NAMES
The Andle Stone has also been known to be called the “Oundle Stone”, “Anvil Stone”, and “Twopenny Loaf”.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hopping Lane, Youlgreave, Bakewell
Derbyshire, England, DE45 1NA
+44 (0)1629 636 555
- Address: Birchover Road, Birchover, Derbyshire, England, DE4 2BN
- GPS: 53.1660534,-1.6384424999999964
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: DE4 2BN
- Entrance Fees: Free Access (but private land?)
- Disabled Access: None
- Visibility from Road: Fair
- Image Credits: Paul Vincent