I'd just learned about mysterious stone walls in the Bayers Lake area. After a lifetime of never having heard about the Bayers Lake Mystery Walls, I heard about them twice in a 24-hour period. That seemed like a sign that I was meant to go find them. And that's exactly what I set out to do.
I thought the location might be remote.
Remote ? Hardly ! The site is reached by parking on a cul-de-sac in a massive industrial park.
I thought the walls might be inaccessible and difficult to find.
Instead, after walking about 200 metres down a gravel road, this easy-to-see path, led me into the woods,.
up a pretty path. Quite suddenly we found ourselves standing by one of the Bayers Lake Mysteries -- the ruins of a five-sided building !
I'd brought Trey along for company and safety, as I thought going into the woods on my own might be too much of an adventure !
Many paths criss-crossed the forest floor, and Trey and I explored them all. It wasn't long before we found a path that led to the Mystery Walls.
Do you see them down there ? Click the photo for a better view.
What on earth are they doing here ? These aren't walls that were built to keep livestock in.
They extend along the edge a rock outcropping for 200 metres and stand over two metres high in places. Surely they are not a fortification. Approach from the rear is easy and besides, what attacker would be put off by a wall that's barely head height ?
What the heck were these walls built for ? And who built them ?
Though the area has been designated a Nova Scotia "Special Place", and is protected from development for now, little archaeological work has been done on the Mystery Walls. Estimates put their age at 200 years. Some, rather romantic theories, suggest they pre-date Columbus's discovery of America.
While Bayers Lake is now easily reachable by vehicle, in early days, the site would have been very remote as it's over 25 km from peninsular Halifax. The walls weren't close to ANYTHING that would provide a reason for their existence.
And yet there they are.
And that's not all that's there.
There are steps.
There are steps that lead to the top of an outcrop of rock, and at its base is what appears to be a fire pit.
And nearby is a carving on a rock ...
I would have walked right past it, if I hadn't seen it illustrated in a book, and been on the look out for it. One more mystery to add to the collection.
So there you have it. My Bayers Lake Mystery Walls adventure.
I'm happy to report that I have learned of a site in the Bedford area that has petroglyphs.
I think I feel another adventure coming on.