GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stanton Drew Walk

1 miles (1 km)

This short walk visits the Stanton Drew Stone Circles in Somerset.
The area is run by English Heritage and includes three ancient stone circles. It is notable as the third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England.
You can start the walk from the car park at the site. Then follow footpaths east to explore the circles. The largestof theseis known as the Great Circle, measuring 113 metres (371ft) in diameter. It is the second largest stone circle in Britain afterthe Avebury Stones. The scheduled ancient monument is throught to date from theLate Neolithic to EarlyBronze Age period.
Part of the route uses the Two Rivers Way which you can use to extend your walking in the area.

Postcode

BS39 4EW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Stanton Drew OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stanton Drew Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Druids Arms is located next to the site and offers an alternative start/finish point. They serve delicious food which you can enjoy with a country view in the lovely large garden area. You can find them at postcode BS39 4EJfor your sat navs.

Dog Walking

Due to the livestock on the fields no dogs are allowed on the site. You can pick up public footpaths around the site though. The Druids Arms mentioned above is dog friendly with biscuits provided.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the walk by heading a short distance to the east to visit the impressive Pensford Viaduct. The climb to the viewpoint at the Iron Age Maes Knoll also starts from Pensford village.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks and the Somerset Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Stones at Stanton Drew - geograph.org.uk - 1670012

Stones at Stanton Drew. Very little is known about the stones. The megaliths, and the patterns they make in the landscape remain mysterious.

The stones at Stanton Drew - geograph.org.uk - 1670107

Sites like Stanton Drew always attract their share of legends and stories. It is said that the stone circles are a petrified wedding party who danced on into the Sabbath due to the mischievous Devil's fiddle playing.

The stones of Stanton Drew - geograph.org.uk - 1670026

The three circles are thought to have been originally noted by the antiquarian John Aubrey in 1664, and the first plan of them was published by William Stukeley in 1776. Several others have written about them but they remain very much as first recorded over three hundred years ago.

Standing stone at Stanton Drew - geograph.org.uk - 1278933

This monolith is on the 60 easting gridline; Hautville's Quoit can be seen to the right of the stone.

The Druids Arms, Stanton Drew - geograph.org.uk - 1670181

The village pub is named for the stone circles that still attract Druids on the solstices. It is allegedly haunted by Grace, who was run over by a carriage outside.

Western edge of the great circle, Stanton Drew - geograph.org.uk - 1800535

Western edge of the great circle. To quote English Heritage: 'There are three stone circles at Stanton Drew: the great circle being one of the largest in the country... A magnetomometer [geophys] survey has produced astonishing results which demonstrate that the megalithic remains at Stanton Drew are but the ruins of a much more elaborate and important site.... There are nine concentric rings of buried pits and a very large buried enclosure ditch.... The circles are the largest and most numerous yet recorded at any site and surely indicate the investment of immense effort and enterprise in the service of prehistoric beliefs as yet dimly perceived.'

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