On the slopes of the Drakestone

A local landmark nearby to where I live is the Drakestone reputedly used by the local druids.

Half a mile from Harbottle is the Drake Stone, a very interesting relic, being the Draag stone of the druids. By a small tarn near it is a druidical rock basin. The custom which still prevails in Harbottle, of passing sick children over the drake stone may be a relic of druidical times, when they were probably passed through the fire on the same spot.” Murray’s Northumberland: handbook to Durham and Northumberland (part II London 1873, p 324)

The slopes have a cover of beautiful trees, mainly birch and lovely in any season. The red flag indicates firing on the military range just beyond the Drakestone.

(Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon 16-80mm f/4)


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