The moor is around 60 hectares and contains 70 or so cairns mainly from the early bronze age. The most notable are all visble from the paths on the moor.
The Heathcotes (father & son) excavated most of the cairns and circles on the moor. They also tidied (?) some of the ones they dug, not necessarily to their original form.
The circle is far more obvious on the ground than in the photos. Follow the main path north from the Nine Ladies, and just after you lose sight of the info board there’s a track forking off slightly to the right (NNE). This leads to a small gate at the boundary fence where the track then takes a 90 degree turn back to the main path. Continue on the track for about 40-50 metres from the gate and the circle will be just to your right. Before it, there’s a distinctive tree on the right with two boughs close to the ground (see image).
I’ve surveyed the ring, and it’s circular with two entrances opposite each other: one at SSW from the centre, just off the track, while the other lies about ten metres from the boundary fence/wall behind.
English Heritage satisfied pink drapes on Nine Ladies Stone Circle was not vandalism
By Kelly Tyler
The Nine Ladies stone circle at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell, was mysteriously draped in pink fabric.
The striking dressing of the Nine Ladies monument, believed to have been built more than 4,000 years ago, was spotted by a walker on Monday.
A cryptic note left at the circle signed by the "Spirit Wrestlers" said the gritstone blocks were decorated as an "act of love and gratitude for their eternal being".
English Heritage, which owns the site at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell, said it is not known exactly why the material was placed over the stones.
A woman who came across the unusual sight said: "As I approached I thought the stones had been – as had happened a few months ago – vandalised with pink paint.
"However, as I neared the stone circle, it was apparent the Nine Ladies had been seemingly dressed in a bright pink fabric.
"A note had been left in the middle of the stones referring to the earlier attack and also the troubles in the world today. Interesting, I thought, if not a little strange.
"This is the Nine Ladies though, I suppose, so anything is possible."
The ancient monument dates back to the Bronze Age and is popular with walkers and pagan worshippers.
The stones were traditionally believed to be nine ladies turned to stone as punishment for dancing on Sunday.
The site was vandalised in March this year by offenders who sprayed yellow and green paint on the rocks.
A note left at the spot said the stones were wrapped as a "direct response to an act of vandalism on the Nine Ladies some months ago and the knowledge that the Universe must be realigned."
It went on to say: "The consequences of our actions will only become apparent over time.
"Do something to make the world a better place, whether this act is large or small matters not.
"Doing it is what drives us forward. Whatever next?"
An English Heritage spokesperson said: "Having been contacted about the sighting of pink material on the stones earlier yesterday, we visited the site to investigate this afternoon and it would appear it has since been removed without trace.