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Great Stone of Fourstones, Tatham Fell, near Bentham, N.Yorks, UK, 4 February, 2007

One local myth claims that the Great Stone was accidentally dropped by a witch on a broomstick, on her way to build Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale. Another alleges that the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) hurled it from Ireland. That story doesn't entirely contradict the true explanation: it's a glacial erratic, deposited by a glacier during the last Ice Age.
As the name suggests, it was one of four large boulders. The others were broken up, presumably for building stone, but steps were cut into the side of the Great Stone and for centuries it's been a popular viewpoint across the Lune Valley and Yorkshire Dales.
The dramatic location means it has been a boundary and meeting place for even longer, perhaps millennia. In a sense, it still is, as it marks the Lancashire-North Yorkshire border.

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