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Wet Withens - Derbyshire, England
Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: SK 225 790

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Wet Withens is one of three stone circles to be found on Eyam Moor, which is about 1 ½ miles north of the famous plague village of Eyam. Once you have reached the moor refer to a map to find one of the footpaths that crosses the moor. The circle can be found at SK 225790 with a large cairn just to the north (you will probably spot the cairn before you find the circle!)

I visited this site in the autumn of 1991, long before I had a wide angle lens - hence the "pasted together" image above! Myself and a good friend, Marc ended a fantastic day of Derbyshire stone hunting by tracking down this site. We seemed to be climbing the hill on to the moor for ages but crested the hill at just the right place to spot the cairn. As you can probably tell from the pictures we got there as dusk was closing in.

Despite the ruinous appearance of the circle I think that this visit will live in my mind for a long time. The circle is in a wonderfully isolated location. Marc and I explored the site for quite a while in perfect peace and quiet. The only other visitors we saw where a couple of the local sheep and a bird of prey stooping for rabbits (sorry, my knowledge of birds is very restricted).

There are only ten stones left standing in this embanked circle. Whilst the circle is quite large at around 30 metres in diameter, the stones fit into the general Derbyshire pattern of being small and are roughly 2 to 3 feet high. Just to the north of the circle is a large cairn, pictured to below.

There are two other circles on this moor which I was unaware of when I first explored it. Alastair McIvor gives more details of these in his excellent catalogue of Derbyshire Sites. This is recommended reading for anyone wanting to discover a lot more about the circles of Derbyshire in particular, although Alastair gives excellent coverage of many other sites too!

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This prehistoric site has been rescued for historical reasons by History X's archive