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Little Meg (Stone Circle)

Visited today, the field is in an awful state, ankle deep mud and puddles just as deep, .massive pile of manure by the circle. Wellies would have done but I only had walking boots. Had to negotiate the shit pile as it was the lesser of two evils, went in almost knee deep. The ground I immediately around the stones isn't much better. At least the cows in the field didn't accost me.
Also found the site very hard to find from long Meg but managed it with a bit of trespassing and a nod from a farmer. I'd advise taking the road route as posted below. Wish I had.

The Thornborough Henges

Just spent three nights here for the Mabon celebrations. Rituals aren't really my thing but camping besides an henge with two others in close proximity definitely is.

I'm not sure what the situation has been in the past but at the moment you cant walk the direct route between all three henges, the way from the central henge to the north henge is private property, the field contains an house, big disappointment. On a more positive note you can easily walk from the central henge to the southern one, though you do have to cross a small lane.

If you want to visit the northern henge (you really should, it's easily the best imo) then it's quite straight forward.
From within the central henge leave by the gate facing the southern entrance, as if you we're heading for the southern henge but turn right and walk along the lane a short while, 300 metres-ish and take the first possible right (on foot) up a narrow path that's rather overgrown (atm) with sloe berries, stay on it till you meet the road. Cross the road and follow the other lane till you are almost at the point where it dog legs, dip through the hedge here (on your right) and you're in the northern henge.
It's well worth the effort. ;)

Minninglow (Burial Chamber)

Camped with my 9yr old daughter at Middlehills this weekend so would have been utterly rude not to pay a visit and say hi to Stu.
A small bunch of fading flower were by one of the chambers, i got quite emotional and didn't stick around too long despite it being quite a long walk for the little un.
As a mark of respect to my old mate i "offered" up one of my arrowhead necklaces, "killed" it with a rock and hung it from one of the trees, got nettled to hell doing so. how many times have we done that for this crazy hobby of ours.
Not sure when i'll visit again, maybe never. And despite being at Stu's service i felt a real need to visit his last resting place at least once. I just managed to hold back the tears, the little un said "it's ok to cry dad, he was your friend". Leaving was hard, i'd have probably stuck around much longer and got myself in a bit of a tangle but her little legs were tired by this point.

On a lighter note the Permissive path is still open, the site clean and in good order.
Almost back into Sheffield the next day we parked up and looked back at this beacon of a site, then on to McDonalds for ice cream.

Harland Edge (Cairn(s))

Pics don't do this site any justice, so i'm not going to post any. just visit if you can, it's well worth the trek through the heather. There's also abundant inter-visibility going on.
Stunning and weird little site. There's nothing else like it in the area, or anywhere i know of.

Hob Hurst's House (Burial Chamber)

Very bitter sweet visit today. My last visit was with stubob. Good company kept my spirits up though, and searching for the weird "banana" cairn along Harland edge. That's a very strange site indeed. Glad i made the effort to push on as we debated turning back twice.

As for HHH it was looking fine today. No rubbish laying around, no offerings etc bar a couple of flowers. There is a geocache in one of the corners, not that i mind of course, suppose it gets people to the site that wouldn't normally visit. :)

Fingerem Stone (Cairn(s))

Spent another hour wandering the area today.
Going on this statement by Sidney Addy (1888) "as one could judge from the road it is a heap of stones scattered here and there. I cannot say more without a nearer examination", any standing stone was either already gone or more likely it was just a pile of stones as described. Today the area is still an isolated sea of huge rocks, only one of which is of any note and that's isolated from the main scatter by 50 metres or so itself, and it's more like 135 metres from the road than the 35 mentioned by the above.
See the uploaded pics.

Dobb Edge (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Couple of dodgy areas along the route if you have kids with you. One small section where a rope guards you from wandering off the edge so don't be letting the kids run ahead.
Don't let this put you off though, it's perfectly safe with care (took my 7 yr old today) and the RA is well worth seeing. So are the views.

Doll Tor Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This stone stands around 1.5m tall and is located around 50 metres down hill from doll Tor stone circle. It's easy to find but the route to it can become a impassable tangle of brambles in high summer.
There are other large stones close by, some suggestive of a four stone alignment including this stone. I'm uncertain of age but the rilling suggests its been stood this way for millenia.
Stu first pointed this out to me several years ago but as we visited in summer we couldn't really explore the area fully.
Well worth a look if you're visiting the nearby circle.

Seven Stones of Hordron Edge (Stone Circle)

Another visit today, probably my tenth, maybe 15th as it's only a short drive for me, but once
I never tire of this place with it's expansive views through 360 degrees with backdrops including Stanedge Edge, Ladybower Tor with it's rock art, the dramatic Win and Lose hills and in the far distance Kinder scout. Get there before 3pm and there's even a bloody sarnie caravan, what more could anyone want ?

Idiot proof directions here.

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