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Arthur's Stone, Dorstone

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Arthur's Stone, Herefordshire is a Neolithic chambered tomb, or Dolmen, dating from 3,700 BC – 2,700 BC and is situated on the ridge line of a hill overlooking both the Golden Valley, Herefordshire and the Wye Valley, Herefordshire.LocationIt is located between the villages of Dorstone and Bredwardine, and more generally between Hereford to the east and Hay-on-Wye to the west, at Ordnance Survey. The tomb commands an elevated view to the south of the Golden Valley and the Brecon Beacons in the distance, and is bounded to the north by a small road (Arthur's Stone Lane) which dissects what would originally have been the site of the tomb's elongated mound.DescriptionThe tomb is topped by a large capstone, estimated to weigh more than 25 tonnes. The capstone rests on nine uprights and there is a curved, 4.6 metre long entrance passageway.To the north, there was once a cup-marked stone called the Quoit Stone. This can no longer be clearly seen, and now a stone to the south of the monument has become known as the Quoit Stone.The stones would originally have been buried within a mound, aligned north-south and of approximately 25 metres in length with an east-facing entrance and a south-facing false portal. The mound is now, however, almost completely eroded and the capstone is broken with a large section fallen from its underside.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Honestly, we would not have known anything about Arthur's Stone except that we purchased an Overseas Visitor pass to English Heritage when we were at Stonehenge. (Side note: I would highly recommend t...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    We were driving Golden Valley before driving off into the Brecon Beacons. Stopped here to admire these 5,000 year old stones. Lovely little drive up and down the narrow roads to find.  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Big stone, surrounded by lovely countryside. Very interesting and can park up and go for walks. Nice in the summer. Don't go in the winter.  more »
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  • A nice stop off, with a good view. Parking is limited and really only accessible by car as it's up a twenty-five percent gradient slope, not much here to do, but definitely look up the Wikipedia page for more context of why this mound is notable and the history behind it. There are no facilities here, literally just a historic site with some information boards, but interesting nonetheless.
  • Travelling from Bath to Wales we came across a signpost for Arthur's Stone. At first we thought it had something to do with the legend. We were mistaken. The turn into Arthur's Lane it isn't well posted, site is small. It looks like there are some walks around, so probably worth planning half a day or so.
  • Small burial chamber - as can be seen on the aerial photo, limited parking, but quick turn around of visitors due to the size of the site. Couple of interpretation boards but that's about it....
  • A bit smaller then I've expected, but still interesting. Sadly the weather wasn't nice and the ground was very wet and slippery. Good place to reflect about our past and how legend can add to perception.
  • Amazing views

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