Long Meg and her Daughters, Penrith

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Long Meg and Her Daughters is a Neolithic stone circle situated north of 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 emerged during Neolithic, and continued into the Early Bronze Age. The stone circle is the third widest in England, behind Avebury in Wiltshire, and only slightly smaller than Stanton Drew in Somerset.

It consists of 59 stones (of which 27 remain upright) set in an east / west oval configuration measuring 340 ft (106 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 Early Neolithic enclosures, including a ‘super henge’that seem to pre-date the Long Meg circle in the area.There is also the smaller kerbed burial mound of Little Meg close by.
Long Meg and Her Daughters was a filming location for the 2012 film Sightseers.
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  • If you are in the area this is well worth a visit, plenty of history in these stones, worth a read before hand to give you some understanding. Set in a very tranquil environment. You can walk or... 
    If you are in the area this is well worth a visit, plenty of history in these stones, worth a read before hand to give you some understanding. Set in a very tranquil environment. You can walk or...  more »
  • Long Meg and her Daughters is one of my favourite Druid Circles. It is a large, Bronze Age circle with numerous stones and is situated in a quiet, rural area with access via a single track road... 
    Long Meg and her Daughters is one of my favourite Druid Circles. It is a large, Bronze Age circle with numerous stones and is situated in a quiet, rural area with access via a single track road...  more »
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  • The place is a bit remote and thus pleasantly quiet. The circle has a surprisingly large diameter. Two majestic oak tees are sitting almost at its center. A farmer's tractor path cuts through the circle. One long stone bears swirly engravings.
  • Standing stone (Long Meg) with cup & ring patterns, and 100m stone circle (daughters) dating back to 1500BC, supposedly the second largest & one of the oldest stone circles in England. No car park, rough parking on road. No information so read up before you go. Little Salkeld near by is worth a visit.

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