“You shall not pass!”


It had taken us a while to find the place and there were several things here we really wanted to see, quite apart from the rocks themselves. It isn’t the easiest place to find. The formation is called Robin Hood’s Stride. Legend has it that they were named because Robin Hood strode between the two towers of rock, some fifty feet apart. It is also known as Mock Beggar’s Hall because its silhouette resembles a house, though I have to wonder if there is not a lost tale there too. Whatever stories await us in the rocks, it didn’t look as if their guardians were about to allow us passage that day…and anyway, it was getting late. We would need a day for all there was to see but at least we had located the place.


Just a short distance from the Stride is a farm built on the site of Castle Ring, an Iron Age Fort. There are the remains of barrows close by, enclosures that date back to the Bronze or Iron Ages, hut circles and an intriguing site found by The Northern Antiquarian that I would like to get a closer look at. There is a hermit’s cave, rock carvings…and as if that weren’t enough, Nine Stones Close stone circle too. And no public footpath.


Or at least, none that we could see from where we were. Just barbed wire and the denizens of the field barring our way. We were reluctantly obliged to admit a temporary defeat on this one. We had already spent the afternoon exploring the ‘Druid’s Castle’ and both the day and our energy were running out, while the bug that had us both was in full swing. And anyway, you can’t rush a stone circle. There may be only four of the Nine Stones still standing, but they are the biggest in this part of the country, standing up to seven feet tall. We would just have to come back another day, ready for a climb…


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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23 Responses to “You shall not pass!”

  1. Pingback: β€œYou shall not pass!” β€” Sue Vincent – Daily Echo | My life Journey in India

  2. Jennie says:

    Very, very interesting!


  3. Hope you get back to them another time, Sue. Thanks for a great day today


  4. Bun Karyudo says:

    Only four of the nine stones still standing? My goodness, it’s like an Agatha Christie story. The last standing stone must be the culprit.

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  5. Widdershins says:

    Last pic … rock giant contemplates the universe. πŸ™‚


  6. Ali Isaac says:

    So frustrating when these sites sit on private land with no public access. Unfortunately, that’s the story of my life here in Ireland. I used to admit defeat. Now, if there’s no barbed wire and no keep out sign or private property sign, or no crops or livestock in the fields, I’ll venture in. But you have to respect the landowner’s wishes. Most tolerate it if you leave no trace and don’t take a dog. I know some who absolutely will not allow visitors, and who allow the stes they are custodians for to crumble and rot and fall into ruin, so its not for protection. So sad. I hope you get to see them one day. That stone circle looks incredible.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      There is a footpath to this one somewhere…we just have to find it. And we will. Most landowners here are fairly tolerant under the newish rules about access, thankfully. But it is frustrating when you can’t get close to some of the sites.


  7. macjam47 says:

    Fascinating post, Sue. I’m looking forward to your return which I am sure will yield more amazing photos and interesting commentary.


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