I couldn’t key and turn the Nine ladies circle stones which felt extremely disappointing; this was largely due to the quarrying of this hillside making the ground fractured, unstable to resonate the required tectonic energy but magic still abounds about this small circle of stones attracting people from across surrounding areas to encamp and celebrate the festas of the Celtic eight fold year.
There has also been a successful nine year long land occupation in protest against Stancliffe Stones (Marshall’s) plan to reopen a fifty year dormant quarry. Extraction of sandstone from this hillside would have encroached within forty feet of the Nine Ladies Stone circle. This extracted stone was destined for export oversea to America; to build a shopping centre, how absurd!
I visited the protest camp on three occasions during the length of the nine ladies anti quarrying campaign and made a short film (activists complained they didn’t like the film) about the site in freezing mid-winter of 2006.
Stone extraction needs to be carefully monitored across the entire Peak District national park to prevent re-occurrence or emergence of similar environmental atrocities.