This was a flying visit! Halfway through the "Peelers" challenge walk
I stopped at the cairn of Ellen Strange, the standing stone, and Robin Hood's well. My next checkpoint was the White Horse pub. I used to live on the opposite end of Holcombe hill and rarely ventured even as a nipper beyond Pilgrims Cross. I knew the stone existed but I had never visited before. However a few pictures and then off down to the Irwell valley. There is plenty of investigation about these two places on the Internet. Perhaps this site
has the best information.
|The Ellen Strange cairn next to the standing stone.|
The path to the right continues towards Bull Hill, but skirt round the north side. The left side goes to the Well and then down to the white horse.
|Close up of the standing stone and the carving there.|
|When I was there someone had pressed a crumb of bread above her neck|
|Robin Hood's Well, below the Ellen Strange Stone/Cairn|
I do have some thoughts however and some doubts. None about the story - that has been well researched. Obviously the lady in question had been returning home. I believe that this may have been quite a busy pack horse route. The standing stone was probably a stoop. Maybe its too small. It is in the right place however. I feel that a packhorse way or a really well defined footpath would have led across the moor via Pilgrims Cross. The Peelers route although never mentioned follows almost a direct line from Affetside to Haslingden, via Peel Tower. It goes right over Bull Hill. A Polish Pilot, H Noga
crashed his Mustang there. He is buried in Layton Cemetery
I feel that there must be more to add to this page at some point. I will be revisiting in spring.
Ellen Strange lived at Ash Farm Edgworth therefore she would have to travel across Holcombe moor.ReplyDelete