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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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  • What can I say?? Yes a stone circle but what a place for it to be.. how impressive it must of been.. I kept getting the feeling the stones where warm. We arrived at 9am on a November morning it was -2...  more »
  • Slightly hard to find, but worth ticking off in the iSpy of ancient monuments. Don'r expect any facilities 
  • If in the area go and see if not don't plan to go as there is not much to see.dont take kids they will be bored. 
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Just look out for cow poo!
  • Nothing much to see. Overrated