Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow, Bakewell
(4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument in the Peak District, Derbyshire, England. Arbor Low is in the White Peak area of the Peak District: the White Peak is a Carboniferous Limestone plateau lying between approximately 200and OD. The site is private property, accessible through the courtesy of the owner, and is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority. As of May 2012, an entrance fee of £1 per adult is requested by the landowner. Children can enter free of charge.DescriptionArbor Low consists of about 50 large limestone blocks, quarried from a local site, which form an egg-shaped circle, with monoliths at the entrances, and possibly a portal stone at the south entrance. There is also a large pit at the north entrance, which possibly contained a stone. Some of the stones are broken; some of these fragments may originally have been joined together, such that there were originally between 41 and 43 stones. The stones range from 1.6to tall, with the monoliths being between 2.6and.In the centre lie seven smaller blocks, which form a cove.One stone is partially upright; the rest are all lying down. Although it is frequently stated that the stones have never stood upright, it is possible that they had originally been set upright in shallow stone holes.The stones are surrounded by an oval earthen bank, approximately 90by at the outside edges and high, with an interior ditch being about 2 m deep and between 7and wide. There are two causeway entrances breaching both the bank and ditch; the north-west one is wide, and the south-south-east one is wide. Within the bank lies an inner platform 52by in area.
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  • A prehistoric site high in the Derbyshire landscape, this is an impressively atmospheric place to visit, especially under lowering skies. 
  • This elevated stone circle some 5/6 miles south east of Buxton is well worth visiting. Not only is the circle atmospheric, but there is also a Bronze Age barrow well within walking distance. The circl...  more »
  • This is called the Stonehenge of the North. But, it is on a private farm. There are only a few plaques with not much information on them. Nothing about what was found there or why. There are numerous ...  more »
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  • Easily one of the most important and best preserved henge monuments in the country. The earthworks (the ditch and bank) are especially well-preserved. Definitely worth a visit
  • Had our beautiful Handfasting ceremony here. Absolutely stunning!
  • Atmospheric and worth a visit. I had a sense of what it must have been like when more druids were still walking the lands.
  • A truly wonderful place to visit and spend some time relaxing and contemplating the universe.
  • Not a lot to see. Access via farmers field filled with cow poo