The Blue Man I’ the Moss is a beautiful standing stone situated on Wheeldale Moor beside the route of the Lyke Wake Walk. In the past the stone has been painted blue, presumably as a guide for walkers. Today there is a painted cartoon of a man on the stone.
The name originates from the Celtic word, Maen, a standing stone. Frank Elgee speculated that the Blue element of the stone’s name originates from the Cornish Plu meaning parish as the Blue Man acts as a parish boundary stone. The Moss element of the name is obvious to anyone who has walked over this part of Wheeldale, it can be extremely boggy.
The Blue Man is pictured on the cover of Stanhope White’s booklet Standing Stones & Earthworks on the North Yorkshire Moors. Published in 1987 it is a useful little guide and can generally bought for a couple of pounds from second-hand booksellers.