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This section involves a walk along a ridge followed by a short but steep climb to a plateau. On reaching the plateau the walker is faced by a flat-topped rocky outcrop recorded on the OS map as a hill fort(ND 304 403). There is little to commend it as a defensible space and there is little or no visible evidence to suggest that it was ever a hill fort as such, but may have been enclosed perhaps by a palisade at one time. It is the highest point in the area and can be imagined as a place of importance for prehistoric societies.


The Neolithic chambered cairns that dominate the visible archaeology of the area, suggest a Neolithic interpretation would be more appropriate. A more likely expectation for the use of this outcrop might be as a funerary enclosure of some sort perhaps a place of excarnation, where the dead and perhaps the near dead were exposed prior to entombment.  Such places could be thought of as liminal zones on the threshold between earth and sky and perhaps a boundary zone between the worlds of the living and the dead. It should be emphasised, however, that no physical evidence yet exists for this speculation. From a modern perspective it appears to mark the boundary between Yarrows and the Watenan archaeological landscape, which lies to the south.







Leaving Hill fort, the trail descends slightly towards two adjacent natural mounds, one topped by a standing stone and the other by a Neolithic or Bronze Age burial cairn marked by two modern built pillars.

Supposed hill fort from the north east

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Supposed Hill Fort