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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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TripAdvisor
  • A thought provoking monument: the huge and heavy stones impress. Repays walking round, not just goggling from the road.  more »
  • Suitable for historians. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Very steep approach. Only accessible by private transport. No shelter in bad weather.  more »
  • Arthur's stone is a neolithic burual chamber, sited in a small fenced enclosure on the top of Dorstone hill by a small road. Looked after by English Heritage, but no staff or entry fee, and just a bas...  more »
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  • 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