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Standing Stone, Isle of Wight

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mott1.jpg (17121 bytes)Jerry Anderson writes: I recently visited the Isle of Wight and was surprised to see that there was a standing stone on the Downs on the South side of the Island at a hamlet called 'Mottistone', apparently named after the long stone presumably. Standing on National Trust land, it is accessible (although a bit of a hike), through the woods and Downland surrounding it.

There are no signs to guide you as you trudge along, which was quite nice really although not very helpful! When I reached the Longstone, it is approx.. 13 feet tall and is standing at an approx.. angle of 80 degrees. The stone itself seems to be very high in iron content and is indigenous to the area. On the ground is another large stone, around 8 feet in length which I felt was not actually part of the main Longstone i.e: It had not been an original piece of the standing stone, although it was the same geologically.


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Rating: General Impression 3, Ambience 4, Access 3


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