Long Meg and her Daughters, Penrith

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Long Meg and Her Daughters is a Bronze Age stone circle near Penrith in Cumbria, North West England. One of around 1,300 stone circles in the British Isles and Brittany, it was constructed as a part of a megalithic tradition that lasted from 3,300 to 900 BCE, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. The stone circle is the sixth-biggest example known from this part of north-western Europe, being slightly smaller than the rings at Stanton Drew in Somerset, the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney and Newgrange in County Meath.It primarily consists of 59 stones (of which 27 remain upright) set in an oval shape measuring 340ft (100 m) on its long axis. There may originally have been as many as 70 stones. Long Meg herself is a 12ft (3.6 m) high monolith of red sandstone 80ft (25 m) to the southwest of the circle made by her Daughters. Long Meg is marked with examples of megalithic art including a cup and ring mark, a spiral and rings of concentric circles.Infra-red aerial photography has identified several undated enclosures that seem to pre-date the Long Meg circle in the area. There is also the smaller stone circle of Little Meg (Maughanby) close by.
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  • Long Meg and her Daughters are delightful. If you are Blue Badge holders and relatively ambulant, the stone circle is on a slightly sloping hill - obviously grass but easily accessible... best to go w...  more »
  • Went here for a look around as I am rather fascinated by these sites. Ancient stones and history free for anyone to view. Thoroughly enjoyed this calming and peaceful setting. I would recommend it to ...  more »
  • Really worth going to see this circle of stone that children can climb on and hide behind. Grandson not sure if he wanted to count the stones in case he got it wrong and turned to stone, as in the old...  more »
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  • A lovely little walk along the River Eden (taking in Lacy's caves) leading up to these standing stones make for an interesting and easy 4mile walk. Good for anyone with little navigation skills. Nice to see these neolithic stones in situ.
  • Interesting and very large stone circle, well worth a small detour if on the c2c bike ride. A lack of information or history to read.
  • Fascinating place. It really feels impressive for something that's just a ring of rocks in a field. Atmospheric and pretty cool!
  • Huge circle of massive stones. Very peaceful place to contemplate how and why it was built.
  • A beautiful megalith indeed, and we experienced wonderful solitude there too..
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