Long Meg and her Daughters, Penrith

4.5
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Mysterious Site
Long Meg and Her Daughters is a Bronze Age stone circle near Penrith in Cumbria (historically in Cumberland), 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-largest 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 340 ft (100 m) on its long axis. There may originally have been as many as 70 stones. Long Meg herself is a 12 ft (3.6 m) high monolith of red sandstone 80 ft (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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  • Well worth a visit if you’re a history fanatic. A pretty place to go and see even if you’re not. My dog also likes it, good sniffs.  more »
  • Drove up here with my elderly parents. They were able to walk around the stones. It was beautiful but unless you are walking around the area it isn't somewhere you would spend the day. Funniest bit...  more »
  • Impressive, especially Long Meg with the stone carved cup and rings on the red sandstone whilst her daughters making up the stone circle are granite boulders. We set off from Little Salkeld intending....  more »
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  • A real joy to visit these ancient Druid stones. I’m not a spiritual person normally but there is a real energy here. It sort of felt like the ground was buzzing. You have to know about long meg to visit it. You’ll not find it by accident. Legend has it, if you walk around and count the stones, then do it again, you’ll have a different number. But if you count the same number, you have to revisit at midnight and try again. I didn’t count them but watch plenty of children running around counting.
  • A lovely spot on the way into Little Skalkeld from a nice walk, it's easier to get to from Little Skalkeld. Very picturesque and well worth a visit.
  • This is a really distinct and impressive stone circle. Many of the stones are still 'standing' as opposed to other stone circles I have visited which no longer appear very impressive. Unfortunately there is not much context or information given to help visitors understand what they are seeing.
  • Impressive stone circle, however be aware it is part of a farm so cattle grazing so may be an issue visiting with dogs
  • Interesting place. Great spot to relax and take a moment to chill. Beautiful view of the surrounding area. Cool it of history.

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