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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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  • Wanted to try and see everything of historical interest in the area so went to see these. They are in the middle of a field where cows seem to frequent so watch your step :)  more »
  • This is an amazing henge with all the stones all in place, it is like a mini Stonehenge with nobody except you and some cows who are quite friendly. Meg herself has really lovely stone markings (and s...  more »
  • seen a picture of this in an art gallery and thought it worth a visit. found it with the sat nav and couldnt believe it when we arrived. there is no information at the site and we only discovered its ...  more »
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  • Great vibe, enormous circle. Several visitors when we went despite the remote location.
  • Peaceful, eerie, off the beaten track. See for yourself.
  • Well signposted. Middle of nowhere. You can park right next to them. Peaceful. Get there early for good photos before everyone else does! Nothing else there but at the bottom of the hill is a pink watermill with a fabulous organic cafe! With parking and toilets and gift shop.
  • Amazing.. don't forget to find little meg nearby if you can!
  • A very calm, peaceful place in this busy world. My wife and I visit Long Meg every time we are in Cumbria and every time come away from the stones feeling happy and maybe a wee bit more connected to...well I don't know really but it is a magical place. A must visit.