Robin Hood's Bed

Robin Hood's Bed - Mono Landscapes
Robin Hood's Bed, Blackstone Edge

At the highest point on these lonely, windswept moors, sits a weather worn boulder known as Robin Hood's Bed. The top of the boulder is hollowed out in a large depression. Legend has it that Robin Hood once slept here, while his followers stood guard.

There is a possibility that the Robin Hood legend here could have displaced an much older legend, that the site was the resting place of an ancient leader. In old Welsh, the word bedd means 'grave or tomb'. The etymology of the nearby village of Walsden means 'Valley of the Welsh'. Anglo-Saxon settlers called the indigenous Britons, 'Welsh', meaning foreigner. So it is possible that the name derives from the old British site of an ancient tomb.

Another oddity is that when I reached here, after climbing from the car park near the M62, I saw a line of people dressed in what appeared to be white robes walking away on the footpath that leads to the car park near Blackstone Edge Reservoir!

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