This ring of trees atop a hill is a well known landmark.
Various sources have it as a guide for drovers, when cattle and sheep were moved around the country to markets and fairs etc.
However I was told another reason many years ago , by the man I named as uncle , because I lived with his family as an evacuee- a courtesy title.
We were looking across the valley towards the callow, from Snailbeach> I asked uncle what it was and why the trees at the top.
He explained that during the first world war the landowner was felling the trees for the war effort, they were destined to be used as retaining timbers for the trenches and to prop up the tunnels
where mining to place underground bombs was happening.
Sadly his son was killed whilst fighting at the front and the landowner asked permission to leave the ring of trees at the top of the hill as a permanent memorial.This he was allowed to do.
I was told this in the early 1940`s but since then I have never heard this story told .
A couple of years ago we were visiting Bishop`s Castle and went into the delightful museum in The House on Stilts . I mentioned the story to two volunteers on duty that day.
One lady knew the land owner and he had indeed lost a son in WW1. I can`t for the life of me remember the name of the aristocratic landowner.
Has anyone else any info on this,?. It seems such a pity that the likely reason for the ring of trees has been forgotten.
Uncle who when he told me the story would be in his late fifties, so born about1890 and would have perhaps been a soldier.
I would not like the story -if correct- to be lost.
Any help much appreciated. Viktoria.