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059 Boundary Stone, Stob Rig, Kirk Yetholm.

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Located only a few metres from where the footpath of the Pennine Way crosses the dry stone wall that forms the boundary between Scotland and England, can be found a large slab-like stone, built into the west face of the wall. The stone is not visible on the east side of the wall and its thickness cannot there for be determined. The stone is possibly a boundary stone.

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 left of the gate where the footpath crosses the dry stone wall.

A large off-road parking area is available but can be busy during holidays. Take care not top block access from farm vehicles.

Sorry but no specific folklore or other traditions have been found associated with this stone. However, the stone may be associated with 058 Stob Stanes, which is located only a few metres to the west and any folklore relating to that site may be relevant.

This stone was so obviously noticeably that it had to be included here, even although I have been unable to find any recorded evidence of it being an antiquity. I suppose the stone might just simply be an stone used in the construction of the wall but when you think about it, a few questions come to mind. The stone is obviously out of place and there do not appear to be similar stones of this size in the immediate area, all the other stones are much smaller. This may indicate the stone predates the wall with the wall being build around it. There are also two standing stones only 200m away to the west. Could this actually be another, forgotten,  standing stone, perhaps with some connection to the Stob Stanes? At the very least it does appear to have been purposely erected, perhaps as a boundary stone or possibly as something more interesting. I suspect we shall never really know.

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Quick Info
Type: Boundary Stone
Nearest Town: Kelso
Nearest Village: Kirk & Town Yetholm
Landranger Sheet 74
O.S. Outdoor Leisure 16
Grid Reference: NT 8536 2694
GPS Reference: STOBBS

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Other Sites Nearby
058 Stob Stanes, Stob Rig, Kirk Yetholm.
077 Stone, Halterburn Ford, Kirk Yetholm.

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