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072 Standing Stone, Upper Hindhope, Hownam.

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This, now recumbent, standing stone is situated some 600m north west of Wester Hindhope farm, at the end of a broad spur overlooking the upper reaches of the Kale Valley. The stone measures approx 1.00 x 0.45 x 0.35m. Information from RCAHMS reveal that the stone was erect at September 1976 but the exact date when it fell is not known.

From Hownam continue on minor road due south until Nether Hindhope. Leaving the car, continue on foot to Upper Hindhope farm and follow the track that runs north west between the trees and onto the open moor. The stone can be seen along the fence line.

On grass verge beside road between Nether Hindhope and Upper Hindhope.

During my visit to this stone, I asked myself just what purpose this stone might have served? It stands on fairly dry ground, on a prominent spur at the head of what later becomes the Kale Valley. The setting is open but not as open were it sighted on higher ground. However, the setting is relatively sheltered and would have been a good meeting place for the inhabitants of the many hill forts on the surrounding hills. As with most parts of the Cheviot Hills, this area has ancient tracks and earthworks and, perhaps, this stone was a boundary marker or way-marker.

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Quick Info
Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Jedburgh
Nearest Village: Hownam
Landranger Sheet 80
O.S. Outdoor Leisure 16
Grid Reference: NT 7564 1008
GPS Reference: HINDHP

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