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Long Meg and her Daughters, Penrith

Categories: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • Standing as a single stone with several ring markings, Long Meg is a companion to her daughters, actually a circle of many standing stones of varying sizes. I hesitate to say how many as legend has it...  read more »
  • After seeing the reviews on here we decided to visit while we were in the area. It's not signposted so would have never found it if we weren't using sat nav. I had read that it was in a field but was ...  read more »
  • Came here some time ago and found it deserted and highly atmospheric. It has a most fascinating history and is well worth a visit 
  • 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.
  • a very gentle sacred circle, especially long meg herself
  • Nothing much to see. Overrated
  • Stunning stone circle!
  • Just look out for cow poo!
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