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Little Meg - Cumbria, England
Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: NY 576 374

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How To Get There

From Penrith follow the A686 to Langwathby. Here take a left turn onto a minor road signed for Little Salkeld. Follow the road through Little Salkeld, you should be seeing signs for Long Meg by now. When you reach the cross-roads with a sign for Long Meg pointing off to the left, carry straight on for about two thirds of a mile. To the left of the road will be a small wood. The circle is by the hedgerow a couple of hundred yards into the field.

The first time I visited Long Meg, just down the road, I didn't even know that her smaller sister "Little Meg" was less than a mile away. Little Meg is also known as the Maughanby Circle.

We visited both circles on a very wet and overcast day. Little Meg was rather overgrown and this conspired with a crop growing in the field to prevent me from finding much in the way of camera angles. The circle is around 20 feet in diameter and the largest stone is around 3.4 feet tall. Originally the circle was a series of kerbstones surrounding a small barrow.

One of the smaller stones here is carved with a pattern of concentric circles, similar to the spirals carved into Long Meg. Another carved stone from this site was removed to the Tullie House Museum in Carlisle.

Little Meg, Long Meg and Glassonby are the only circles with such carvings in Cumbria and they are all within about a mile of each other.

Nearby Sites

Long Meg
Glassonby

Related Sites

Notes

Also known as the Maughanby Circle.

 

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