Ferntower Stone Circle
Stone Circle; Cup Mark
Also known as Ferntower Golf Course
This group of stones are thought to be a four-poster with two outlier stones, with one of the stones from the circle having been later moved so that they are now in two close groups of three. The tall standing stone is one of the outliers. The circle has a diameter of around nine metres.
One of the circle stones has a cup mark in its upper surface close to a much more modern drill-hole from when an attempt was made to destroy the stone.
This circle is in the middle of a golf course - for me, that is not the most atmospheric setting for a stone circle. If you're planning a visit, check with the clubhouse first...and remember to keep an eye open for low-flying missiles!
1/9 Looking northeast. The three remaining stones of the circle are in the foreground, the standing stone near the tree is one of the outliers. To the left of the outlier, the convenient yardstick stands about 2 metres tall.
2/9 Two stones in the outlier group.
3/9 The cup-marked stone. The cupmark is hard to see here, but is dead centre of the picture. At the centre of the right edge is the more obvious drill hole.
4/9 The outlier group.
5/9 A wider view of the outlier group.
6/9 The circle group.
7/9 Looking west: the outlier group in the foreground, circle behind.
8/9 A distant view of the stones, looking northeast.
9/9 Looking north.