Had a great time exploring Cuddy’s Cave and Gled Law today. Could not find any of the substantial motifs that were recorded in the 19thC but did find some deep cups on the top which looked to be genuine.
Another beginner’s question – are the dense black patches on the central surface of the rock here the result of centuries of fires here? I have found exactly the same blackening on the crags at Doddington Law and also at Kyloe crags. I thought it might be a specific algae or lichen but when I scraped some it seemed deeply ingrained into the actual stone. It also seems to be in places where smoke from fires would have risen. If it is the result of ancient cooking fires it would be a good indicator when looking at crags – as to where people were living?