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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  • Here these amazing stones are, in a field with grazing cows. No car park, no fences, no gift shop. Just you and the stones. Wonderful.  more »
  • This mysetrious place is not commercial at all and has huge stones arranged in a circle. This place is a must to go and see.  more »
  • This monument signage is poor, indicating lack of interest for visiting it. It is hard to find, and we achieved it thanks to a marriage that led us there amabilisimamente. The place is fantastic, with an absolute silence. It is not protected, and be careful with the trudge of cows.
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  • Long Meg and her daughters are reputed to be the second largest stone circle in the UK... the site is at the end of a lane, itself off the end of other lanes and, as such, is pretty secluded. The stones are said to be uncountable - you will always get a different number. The only real intrusion in the site is the lane through to the farm - but traffic levels are minimal. Signs say no camping and I would suspect the farmer enforces it. No facilities at all, and no information board - the stones are as they have always been which is rare.
  • From my experience,the stones are only 50% of the experience.the people you meet their complete the experience,and the first time I went their I meet three people,one was a Liberian,and from the vibes I got ,you seem to b e drawn to a particular rock circle,because although this has been classed as marking the winter solstice. The young lady I spoke to seemed drawn more to this than castlerigg.I know it may seem weird but when she left before and a loads more people came ,parking within the confines of the stones, so you couldn't take a shot without seeing their car,or sitting on the stones,wondering if their in the way,whilst having their sandwiches. The energy of the place was not their. Thank you Mrs Liberian,for making my experience just more worthwhile PS. Dear Mr farmer can we not have to put up with all the cow manure😎
  • This stone circle is well hidden away and not really signposted - so its a bit of a surprise how well preserved it is and the size of it. For me it doesn't quite match up with the Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick which is in a really beautiful spot - but its certainly worth a visit
  • Well if you like visiting Stone circles try out this one. Will need boots or wellies. Plenty of dairy cattle roam around the circle.
  • Super. Very interesting. Well worth the visit.

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