Stone, Stob Rig, Kirk Yetholm.
This single isolated stone stands 0.90 metres high
and rests on rough grassland on a low saddle roughly to the north of 058
Stob Stanes, a pair of standing stones not far to the
south, towards the Scottish/English border. The stone may have
been earth-fast at one time but years of being used as a rubbing
post by livestock have taken their toll. The stone is not noted
on Ordnance Survey maps.
From Kirk Yetholm follow narrow minor road up steep hill with
passing places. Immediately after road drops down to valley
floor, turn left into large grassed parking area. On foot,
follow sign posted footpath marked Pennine Way, ascending Green
Humbleton. Do not follow the valley floor route. The stone can
be seen to the right nearing the top of the hill before reaching
the stone wall.
A large off-road parking area is available but can be busy
during holidays. Take care not to block access for farm
Normally, an isolated stone while always attracting my
attention, does not always warrant becoming an entry in the
Ancient Stones database. And, in fact, I've known of this stone
for some time but when visiting the area in search of 084
Two Grey Stones I decided to take another, closer
look. It did not take long to notice that the Stob Stanes noted
above are not visible from the old trail but this stone is and
may possibly be a marker or guide indicating the location of the
stones. In addition that fact that the stone has survived tends
to hint at it being kept for some purpose or other. One would
assume that the stone would have found it way onto the dry stone
way running along the Border to the south.