History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The sheer size of this prehistoric site is its greatest attribute
There are 46 large stones, measuring up to 13 feet in length, with 13 smaller stones. At the centre of the circle is a 'cove' of smaller stones; providing a focal point for whatever ceremonial purpose the site was meant to perform. Excavations inside the cove found a skeleton, but it seems likely that this burial was a later addition and not part of the original stone circle and henge arrangement.
When was Arbor Low built?
In the Neolithic period, probably around 2500 BC. The Neolithic site was used throughout the Bronze Age so that what we see today is not a simple, single monument, but a ritual site with features covering thousands of years.
Why was it built?
Again, we don't really know, but it seems likely that the henge was simply one part of a much larger ceremonial landscape that included at least 8 chambered tombs and literally hundreds of smaller burial cairns.
About Arbor Low
Address: Upper Oldhams Farm, Monyash, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: half mile off A515
Website: Arbor Low
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OS: SK160 635
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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