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Froggatt Edge - Derbyshire, England
Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: SK 249 768

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How To Get There

From the A623 running through Calver follow the sign to Froggatt. Once you are off the main road take care - the road to Froggatt is narrow, at a sharp angle and the current signpost can be easily missed! Follow this road all the way through Froggatt with the edge above you to your right. When you climb out of the trees of Hay Wood there is a car park and also some parking along the road. Walk back along the road towards the village. As the road curves around to the left there is a gate leading up to the edge. The circle is to the left of the path about 1/2 to 2/3 of a mile from the road.

At the time of writing I seem to have a predilection for Derbyshire sites. This is partly inspired by the geographical location being relatively close to home, and partly due to the inspiring work of Alastair McIvor.

My visit to Froggatt edge was to have been the first of three planned site visits that day. Unfortunately I managed to hurt my foot during the visit to this circle and so this turned out to be the only site I saw that day. I think that it was well worth hurting my foot, though I suggest to readers that they always take care to use the proper footwear, even when they think that the walk will be light!

The walk to the site is indeed a light one over sandy soil with spectacular views off to the west. Below lies the village of Froggatt and over the valley of the River Derwent lies Eyam Moor.

The circle is very overgrown with bracken as you can see from the photographs. I had to poke around a little to find all of the stones which are set at a diameter of around 48 feet (as close as I could measure due to the uneven surface). The stones themselves are set at the inner edge of a now ruined earth bank and dry stone wall.

There is one stone that is very noticeably taller than the others, set to the south and guarding one of the entrances to the circle (the central stone in the picture above). This stone is 3 foot 6 inches tall and displays pronounced grooves cut into the top of the stone. I don't know whether this is a natural formation or not, but it seemed significant that the tallest stone at the site should be marked in such a way.

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Notes

Also known as Stoke Flat

 

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