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079 Cloven Stone, Holylee, Walkerburn.

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This large cubic stone stands on a rocky hillside between Holylee House and Thornylee Forest. The stone measures around 1.00m on each side and has been fractured into three large fragments, possibly by lightning. The stone is larger than any of the other stones on the hillside and would have been most noticeable when complete. It has been included here purely out of interest due to its unusual shape and fractured status. Stone named by author.

From the parking area at Thornylee Forest, ascend onto the forest access road and continue left. The trail ends at a large turning area, there proceed through the wood and cross the fence into the open hill side. The stone is about half way up the centre of the slope. Please note the grid ref given was been estimated from the map.

Parking at picnic area at Thornylee Forest.

I found this stone when following up information on two possible standing stones at Gate Hope, not far up river from this location. The large stone here was immediately obvious and drew my attention. While it is unlikely to have any prehistoric significance, it is quite an impressive specimen in its own right and the way it has been "cloven" into three large segments is quite interesting. Also of interest amongst the rocky slope of the hill, is an area which appears to have been deliberately scooped out to form what might be taken to be the base of a hut circle. However, this is purely conjecture. The O.S Map also shows a Holy Well just above the lower area of forest.

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Quick Info
Type: Other Stone
Nearest Town: Walkerburn
Nearest Village: Galashiels
Landranger Sheet 73
O.S. Explorer Sheet 337
Grid Reference: NT 3950 3770
GPS Reference: CLOVEN

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