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The Bridestones (Burial Chamber) — Fieldnotes

The Bridestones are one of the few megalithic sites between Derbyshire and Wales and are well worth a visit if you can put up with incessant dog barking and the occasional Curious Cow. Two big flanking uprights infront of a roofless burial chamber, curious for its porthole stone: one of only five or so known from the UK. While you're there go for a walk on the cutely named Cloud: fantastic views across the north Midlands and you can tell your mates you went for a walk in the Clouds....

Sarn Meyllteyrn (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

If you're on the Lleyn, looking at the burial chambers there, search for this standing stone. It's in the graveyard of a (ruined) chapel and is over 2m high. It stands by the side of the path to the chapel and looks like a megalithic interloper, disguising its Pagan past amongst the gravestones.

The Great Circle, North East Circle & Avenues (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

The second largest stone circle in Britain, 8 miles from the City and yet no one goes there... A quiet spot by the river with three (count 'em) circles, two avenues and outlying stones: a variation on Avebury, but nobody goes... The largest timber circle in the country and a Cove in a pub beer garden and nobody goes.... It IS lovely though.

The Devil's Ring and Finger (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

This little monument is often overlooked but is one of the very few Midland Megaliths. Near the village of Mucklestone, two stones lie in a hedge: an upright about 2m high next to a holed stone about 2m across with a hole c.50cm in diameter cut into it. The stones appear to have been moved to the hedge from the nearby field and may have formed a stone setting similar to that at Men an Tol in Cornwall.

The Gop (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

A beauty of a cairn in the style of Silbury Hill and the Marlborough Mound. Stunning views in all directions and the site is in the highest concentrations of round barrows in North Wales. In her new book "Prehistoric Wales", Frances Lynch thinks there may be a large passage grave lurking beneath the mound.
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