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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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  • Surprisingly busy for such a small site, the form is interesting, the locality beautiful. If collecting tombs is your thing this is one not to miss but beware - access is via a network of tiny often s...  more »
  • Kind of what it says on the tin. You drive for a good couple of miles up single track windy roads, to be greeted by (drum roll please) a stone ! We stumbled on it by accident, so we're fortunate not t...  more »
  • Roughly 16 miles from Hereford. An enjoyable countryside drive to the site. The final few miles are along a fairly narrow road. A small site, next to the road, and has a lovely feel to it, with splend...  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.
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