Pen Y Beacon Stone Circle
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Though the stone setting is marked on OS maps as a circle, it was originally thought to be a burial chamber. The single large upright stands 1.5 metres high and over a metre wide. If it forms part of a circle, the two recumbent stones suggest a circumference around 30 metres.
At the opposite extreme of the circle are a grouping of 4 more stones. There is what seems to be an entrance opening in the south east section, with portal stones on either side of the opening. The use of portal stones is rare in this part of Wales.
VisitingI remember two main things about visiting Pen Y Beacon. The first was that our visit was a complete accident. I was driving from Hay to Llanthony Priory with my son, when I spied a standing stone by the side of the road. I uttered an exclamation along the lines of 'Hey! What's that?', and pulled over in the convenient parking area. I quickly discovered what 'that' was. The other thing I remember was the simply stunning setting. The land falls away to the north and west, and the views deeper into Wales are simply staggering. What a location!
It won't take long to explore the stones, even if you are a real stone circle gek, but that's more than made up for by the superb setting.
About Pen Y Beacon Stone Circle
Address: Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 5 miles south of Hay-on-Wye on the minor road to Llanthony
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Llanigon, St Eigon Church - 2.3 miles (Historic Church)
Hay Castle - 3.2 miles (Castle)
Clyro Roman Fort - 3.9 miles (Roman Site)
Llanelieu, St Ellyw Church - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Clyro, St Michael Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
Hardwicke, Holy Trinity Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Clifford Castle - 5.2 miles (Castle)
Dorstone, St Faith Church - 5.4 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Pen Y Beacon Stone Circle:
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