Hawksworth Moor Cairnfield (01), West Yorkshire

The Northern Antiquarian

Cairns:  OS Grid Reference – SE 140 443

Getting Here

One of Hawksworth Moor's cairns One of Hawksworth Moor’s cairns, looking west

Take the same directions as if you’re visiting the Great Skirtful of Stones giant cairn on the boundary of Burley and Hawksworth.  Cross the wire fence on its southern-side and, cross the (usually overgrown) prehistoric trackway 50-60 yards away.  Keep in the same direction onto the pathless moor for about the same distance again, zigzagging back and forth, keeping your eyes peeled for some small overgrown rocky rises.  You’ll find ’em.

Archaeology & History

Not to be confused with the much larger Bronze Age graveyard further south on the same moorland, this little-known prehistoric cemetery has had little of any worth written about it since the 19th century and—like many sites on these moors—has received no modern archaeological attention.

Close-up of one of the cairns Close-up of one of the cairns

Two of the cairns, looking NW Two of the cairns, looking NW

On my last visit to this site with…

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