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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Long Meg And Her Daughters Alternative Name: Long Meg
Country: England County: Cumbria Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Penrith  Nearest Village: Little Salkeld
Map Ref: NY57113721  Landranger Map Number: 91
Latitude: 54.728035N  Longitude: 2.667495W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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wildtalents visited on 23rd Apr 2023 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5 There's a generous-sized gravelled car park not far away and then it's a reasonably easy short walk to the Druid's Circle as I think the local sign puts it. I might have misremembered. It's a spectacular site and several minutes walk to circumambulate, glancing over to the outlier, Long Meg, every so often. Most of the stones are fairly low, rounded boulders, but generally quite large. Some are not much more than stumps. About a quarter of the stones are on the other side of a narrow track, and these are the first you'll see as you approach the site. Long Meg is majestic, red, covered in carvings, boss of all she surveys.

TheCaptain visited on 20th Sep 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Now to walk around the circle. It's huge, much bigger than my memory was telling me and with a little double stoned entrance up near Long Meg. The stones are basically large rounded boulders, like giant pebbles from a riverbed, and its not really accurate to consider them as standing stones. Lots of young cows in and around the stones, some of which seem to be playing hide and seek.

Anne T visited on 7th Aug 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Long Meg and Her Daughters: We walked along the quiet, shady old hollow ways from St Michael's and All Angels, Addingham to Long Meg and her daughters, coming across a well by the side of the track, plus a solitary standing stone in a field just north of Long Meg. The latter was too close to the field boundary to be a rubbing stone. It wasn't marked on the OS map, nor is it mentioned on the Historic England map search or the entry for Long Meg. We took my daughter-in-law, son and their two dogs along, and they were amazed it was 'a proper stone circle'. The base of Long Meg itself is currently being used as a shrine, with people leaving offerings even as we walked up to this stone - including flowers, key rings and even a pair of sunglasses! The rock art on Long Meg stood out well in the bright sunlight. The site was very busy today, and the field full of large cattle, who fortunately kept their distance.

Rkphenix visited on 5th Dec 2021 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

bishop_pam visited on 27th Sep 2020 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

sba_dk visited on 17th Jul 2019 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

JulieRowland visited on 21st Apr 2018 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Very ethereal visit

emerald visited on 21st Jun 2015 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 5

NorthernerInLondon visited on 9th Dec 2014 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 3 Access: 4

kthdsn visited on 10th May 2014 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 3 Access: 5

Kimmy visited on 1st Jan 2014 Great but crap for photos if people park in the wrong place - loads of offerings though !

soulsurfer visited on 20th Sep 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5 Lovely site. You can drive almost up to the stones.

jeffrep visited on 20th Sep 2006 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Richard13 visited on 1st Mar 2005 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 4 Access: 5

BolshieBoris visited on 1st Jan 2002 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5

graemefield visited on 1st Jun 1991 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Linanjohn hevveh Tonnox drolaf Bladup TimPrevett nicoladidsbury AngieLake Andy B sorschaL sirius_b have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.13 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 4.64

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Iain_P : Another. It was the only sun we saw all week! (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone circle and standing stone in Cumbria. This is an amazing Bronze Age site covering quite a large area. The stones are placed in a flattened oval 100 by 93 metres, and there were originally about seventy. Today there are fifty-nine, twenty-seven of them still standing.

The stones of the circle are the daughters and Long Meg herself is a 3.6 metre standing stone just outside the circle. On the flat surface of Long Meg that faces the circle is a cup and ring mark, a spiral, and an incomplete concentric circle. Nearby is Little Meg

Aerial photography in 1988 revealed a huge earthen enclosure to the north of the circle which meets and matches the flattened northerly segment of the ring.

Tradition states that Long Meg and Her Daughters were a coven of witches who were holding their sabbat, some time in the thirteenth century. Michael Scot, a wizard from Scotland, found them so engaged and cast a spell over the assembled company, turning them all into stones.

In common with other circles, these stones are said to be uncountable, and if anyone can count them twice and arrive at the same total, the spell will be broken. It is also said that when a local squire attempted to remove the stones, a tremendous and terrifying storm broke out overhead and so the project was immediately abandoned. Finally, a prophecy tells us that if Long Meg were ever to be shattered, she would run with blood.

Access: 6.5 kilometres north-east of Penrith on the A686 road, a minor road leads north from Langwathby to Little Salkeld. 0.5 km beyond Little Salkeld a track off to the left leads directly to the site, and there is room to park alongside the track.

For more information see Pastscape Monument No. 12199. The stone circle is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1007866 (Long Meg and Her Daughters stone circle, associated cursus and prehistoric enclosure).

Note: Some lovely drone aerial photos from Iain P and Stonesy
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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by nicoladidsbury : * A * Photo with a Summer Solstice theme. Long Meg and her Daughters on Solstice Eve night. This image perfectly captures my experience of the solstice at Long Meg. The full moon rose just after the sun had set. The people in the shot had just finished drumming the sun down, drumming like a heart beat. It was a magic night. Unfortunately the sunrise was covered by clouds. (6 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by stonesy : Aerial photo taken by a DJI drone (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Bladup : Long Meg And Her Daughters. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Long Meg and Her Daughters submitted by JACKME : The shadow from Long Meg just reaching stone 9 taken 05.02.03 See The Great Stone Circles - How they Work, for further information (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Iain_P : Taken from a drone at sunrise. Here's the video: https://vimeo.com/229312871 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by stonesy : Longmeg from the sky

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Bladup : Long meg and a few daughters. This Original Artwork in a glass frame is £39.99 + Postage (Just whatever it costs), and is 17 and a half cm x 13 and a half cm. A limited (to a 100) edition print in a 8" x 10" glass frame would be £19.99 + £2.90 postage, E-mail me at [email protected] if interested.

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Horatio : From my recent trip up to the Lakes. One of the several legends state that if you walk round the circles and count the number of stones correctly, then put your ear to Long Meg, you will hear her whisper. The monument is 109m × 93m in diameter. Long Meg herself stands 25m outside the circle, 6m above the farthest stone in the circle, and is the tallest of the 69 stones at 3.8m. (2 comments)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Horatio : Third in size after Avebury and Stanton Drew and a really special place, had it to myself most the time, not even the young cows could be bothered with me. (1 comment)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Horatio : Long Meg and her daughters starting to cast their shadows

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Iain_P : Sunrise

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by NorthernerInLondon : Great in the mist...

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Bladup : Long Meg And Her Daughters.

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Bladup (2 comments)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Bladup : Long Meg And a few of her daughters. This Original Artwork in a glass frame has now sold, A Limited (to a 100) edition print in a 8" x 10" glass frame would be £19.99 + £2.90 postage, E-mail me at [email protected] if interested. (2 comments)

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Long Meg and Her Daughters submitted by swatson : It's an impressively big site and it's not possible to include all the stones in one shot but I hope this gives an idea of the scale of things. NY571372 (1 comment)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by nicoladidsbury : Long Meg in midsummer full moon light. This is another photo taken at about 2am on the solstice morning. The sun never really set. You could see its glimmer the whole night. This picture shows the night time glimmer of the below the horizon sun's rays, again set at 30 seconds exposure. To the naked eye the sky was quite dark, but the camera caught this remarkable orange colour, and managed to pic... (3 comments)

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Long Meg and Her Daughters submitted by JACKME : Long Meg. 18.3.03. at 5.52pm showing the weak shadow to near Stone 1. This demonstrates how quickly the shadow weakens. At midsummer the shadow from Stone 52 goes to Stone 19 as seen (near) on 3.7.03. See The Great Stone Circles - How they Work, for further information (1 comment)

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Long Meg and Her Daughters submitted by JACKME : At the Equinoxes the shadow from Stone 52 goes to Stone 1 at the same time as Long Meg’s shadow goes to Stone 19, as seen here on the 18th March 2003. See The Great Stone Circles - How they Work, for further information

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by nicoladidsbury : Long Meg and her daughters - spring equinox eve 2005 as the sun sets. Quite possibly the most beautiful place in Cumbria to watch the sunset. Next year I want to watch the sun rise on the spring equinox, rise into the star sign of Aquarius. (3 comments)

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Rkphenix : Long Meg and her daughters

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by TheCaptain : Lots of young cows in and around the stones, some of which seem to be playing hide and seek.

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Horatio : A few cows to help confuse the matter and add to the shadows

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Long Meg And Her Daughters submitted by Antonine : Photo taken in 2011

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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anonymous on Tuesday, 15 August 2023
Can someone explain why the linear crop markings which show up clearly in the field around the stone circle continues on the ground within the circle. It does not appear to be possible for a tractor and plough to have continued to plough through the circle so I wonder how they were made. Any ideas?
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    Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Bladup on Thursday, 17 August 2023
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    The marks are older than a tractor and are medieval rig/ridge and furrow from a time they used Ox (and later horse), The same can be seen at Castlerigg as well
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Long Meg and Her Daughters post-excavation full analysis - April 2016 by Andy B on Friday, 12 February 2021
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Long Meg and Her Daughters post-excavation full analysis - April 2016
This report presents the full analysis results of an archaeological excavationconducted as part of the ‘Altogether Archaeology’ community project at the site of Long Meg and Her Daughters stone circle and adjacent enclosure near Penrith, Cumbria. The excavation comprised three trenches, with significant post-excavation analysis undertaken on pottery, lithics and palaeoenvironmental remains. The works were commissioned by the North Pennines AONB, and supervised by Archaeological Services Durham University.

Hazel charcoal in one of the stoneholes of Long Meg and her Daughters dates to 3340–3100 cal BC

South of the enclosure was a larger pit, possibly used for storage. A radiocarbon date from this was Middle Neolithic. A shallow pit, of similar date, was recorded between the enclosure ditch and the stone circle. This pit may be the socket for a former standing stone: the date may therefore relate to the construction of the stone circle.

https://altogetherarchaeology.org/Reports%20and%20Proposal%20Docs/Long%20Meg/Long%20Meg%20FA%204043.pdf
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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by drolaf on Monday, 06 August 2018
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a lovely site in a landscape of old tracks, old hawthorn hedging and green lanes. Unlike other sites it was not levelled, bit keeps to the slope of the hill. it is on the tourist tick box list but not overly so. Some interesting locals with useful local history.

the only obvious 'entrance' i saw was possibly the '4 poster' at about 200 degs, in the direction of the Eamont bridge henges. One of the quartz stones is to the east.

Site and stones all tidy-no rubbish apart from some dogshit in a bag. It was very easy to count the stones by putting a can of beer on one and counting round.

A tourist asked me about the 'Druidic carvings' on Long Meg, initiating a discussion on dating bronze age motifs.
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    Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anonymous on Friday, 13 September 2019
    Do you know who owns the land? Is it public land?
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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anne T on Saturday, 22 July 2017
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For more information see Pastscape Monument No. 12199.

In 2015, Altogether Archaeology carried out an excavation. For information on their Project Design see Long Meg Excavation Fieldwork module 1c, Phase 2 and Altogether Archaeology website.
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Street View by coldrum on Thursday, 18 March 2010
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Long Meg And Her Daughters on Shamen Video by TimPrevett on Sunday, 10 January 2010
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Discovered this video by the Shamen on YouTube (pure coincidence - was looking for the song - and Long Meg happens to be in it near start and end!!)
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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anonymous on Monday, 28 May 2007
I recently visited the site and found a stone with a raised line on it. The compass proved that the line is on the NE-SW axis (I photographed this stone). I also noticed some offerings had been placed at the base of long meg.
I do think that the slight dip in the top on the main stone is meant to cast a shadow to some significant point but this would mean visiting on one of the solstices/ equinoxes.
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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by TimPrevett on Monday, 12 March 2007
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On YouTube
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Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anonymous on Monday, 20 February 2006
Hi! If anyone has information on long meg i need some information for a school project!
Here are a couple of questions i need answering...
1. What are the daughters made of?
2. Are there any other beliefs about the stones?
and 3. When was it built and what purposes was it used for?
If you have any of the answers to these questions please post them on here or email me at [email protected]
Thankyou very much : )
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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anonymous on Thursday, 27 May 2004
Condition: 4
Ambience: 4
Access: 4

I'm a regular visitor to Long Meg.
It is a Picturesque and peacefull site, well maintained by the local farmers cows.

The circle is huge, but does have the drawback of having a dirt track running through it.

All in all one not to be missed.

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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Vicky on Tuesday, 29 October 2002
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Never realised how big this stone circle actually was as most photos only seem to show part of it - its huge!
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Re: Long Meg And Her Daughters by Anonymous on Saturday, 15 December 2001
There is a standing stone, which I have named Green Rock, that points toward the Long Meg monument, which is about nine miles away.
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