Above you can see a British Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar. They are dotted around our countryside - often occupying high points in the landscape. There are over five thousand of them and they once played a key role in the accurate mapping of these islands. Nowadays, with modern surveying methods, the triangulation pillars are largely redundant. However, people still like them and there even folk whose hobby is to "bag" them. This one is on Burbage Moor close to The Ox Stones.
I was up there this morning with Mrs Pudding. She had never been to The Ox Stones before but I have visited this place several times. By car, they are only ten minutes or so from our house.
They are outcrops of hard millstone grit, exposed by countless centuries of erosion. Can you see the layers? Long ago those layers were laid down by a mighty river, millions of years before human beings evolved from apes. I imagine that our ancestors venerated these stones for upon this moorland they made stone circles and cairns and no doubt communed with the stars above. How could they have ignored these artworks created by Nature?
A hundred yards away, there's another millstone outcrop. A young man was on top of it, looking off into the distance. Beyond him, to the left, you can see the shape of Stanage Edge which I have often referred to in this humble Yorkshire blog.
So that's all for today folks. I hope I didn't send you to sleep.