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Stone Circle


Why isn't this one in any of the books I've seen ? (OK, not that many, but...)

I can see why it's not in the Modern Antiquarian as you've had to be selective, but it's not in Burl's 'A guide to the stone circles of...' either. And let's face it, most things are in there.

It's clearly marked 'stone circle' on the OS map, ref 38.795.949 by my reckoning.

The map seems to show it a bit closer to the edge of the forestry than it actually is, so it could be quite difficult to find. It's well worth trying though, and if I got lucky anyone can!!

It's a peaceful but quite striking circle of originally, I'd guess, around 6-8 stones of which 5 or 6 remain (6 on the map, for what it's worth).

The stones are around 5-6 feet tall I think, though I'm not too good at guessing measurements, especially after a couple of months.

Continuing to be less than helpful, I can't remember for sure whether it had a recumbent. I think it did, and considering where it is, you'd expect it to have one....

I do remember it had stones in the centre that could have been the remains of a cairn of some sort...though I'm by no means an expert. It could have been a pile of stones.

Sorry I couldn't send a photo, but my scanner blew up!!

Unfortunately my photos don't help that much as it's set in a bracken laden semi-clearing. The bracken was reaching about half way up the stones when I was there (the last week in June this year).

Just in case, I'll do my best at a quick vaguely Copesque description of getting there, but assuming you've found it on the OS map in front of you!

The circle is in the relatively small piece of forestry immediately SW of Durris Cott. You can park where the main track on the east of the forestry meets the lane from the school to Durris Court. Walk along the wide track, keeping going up the hill.

Carry on until about the point where you reach the brow of the hill and start to glimpse the fields beyond. The trees have lessened by this point, but there is a bit more forestry in front of you to the right (west).

Take the last obvious track on the right - towards the West, putting this last bit of forestry on your left. You may have to retrace your steps a little to find it. (I don't think this is the track leading west shown on the OS map.)

Follow this path for about 5 minutes keeping a sharp eye to your left for paths in the undergrowth, leading towards the trees mentioned above.

The circle is, at the most, about 100 yards along the first noticable path into the undergrowth to your left. (Well, it was the first path I noticed!)

Moth Posted by Moth
20th August 2000ce
Edited 20th June 2003ce

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