Arbor Low

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Nearest Town: Bakewell, Derbyshire

OS Grid Reference: SK 161 636

Directions: Signposted off the A515 between Buxton and Ashbourne, on the minor road to Youlgreave.
Car parking and information board, access is through the farmyard. At time of last visit, the farmer had an ‘honesty box’ out requesting 50p per person. In state care.

Site Notes: Arbor Low is a large henge monument with megaliths, laying prone, arranged around the inner bank. It is not known for certain whether they ever stood, although Aubrey Burl, the main authority on Stone Circles, thinks that they did.

I am inclined to agree, given the length and shape of the stones themselves, and that there is no precedent for a stone circle lain entirely flat, that I am aware of. The henge is a great site to visit, given its ease of access, and is by far the largest circle in this part of the world. Always windy, and usually busy during the summer months, the views are spectacular, and it is easy to see why this location was chosen.

Visible from the top of the bank, towards the west is Gib Hill, the remains of a prehistoric burial mound.

A flat stone circle...

A flat stone circle...

Gib Hill seen from the henge

Gib Hill seen from the henge

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2 Responses to “Arbor Low”
  1. steve says:

    I live near these, and i really think they are a hidden wonder

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