Henge Monuments and Stone Circles

Finding Them Expands Your Travels

There are other Standing Stones and Henge Monuments besides Stonehenge you know.

They are dotted all over the south of England.

You can even find them north into Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Were they burial grounds...?

Or astronomical instruments...?

Or sacred areas to the Neolithic cultures that built them?



We've heard all kinds of theories about their origin, but we don't think you need to get too caught up in the theories to enjoy visiting them.


What Is A Henge Monument?

Stonehenge is the most famous of the stone circles...

BUT...

One interesting little fact is that it is not, however, a henge.

Here's The Technical Stuff

Henges are, strictly speaking, circular or oval spaces that are defined by a bank with an internal ditch...

...so the dirt bank probably came from the inner ditch... right?

The word "henge" came from an ancient name for Stonehenge which meant something like "hanging stones".

Soon all the circles they found were dubbed henges....

Then archeologists found that Stonehenge does not have the classic bank and ditch of what is now regarded as a henge monument...

So it's Stonehenge... a great example of a stone circle...

...but not a henge!

Standing Stones Are Marked On Maps

You really don't need to know all of that... if you like looking for and finding ancient monuments, there are plenty of henges, standing stones, and stone circles to visit in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Get a good map that marks out places of archeological interest, and meander out into the country side.

Some are remote, but you will find cute little villages with few tourists, and you might find that this is a great hook for travel.

There are several henge monuments and other neolithic sites in the Stonehenge Historic Landscape which is also called the Stonehenge World Heritage Site....

Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, and Avebury.

There are several burial mounds such as the West Kennet Long Barrow.

And there is Silbury Hill... a large man made hill of unknown purpose.

We love Stonehenge, but our favorite stone circle is Avebury... which is, by the way, a henge.

Avebury Henge Monument

Avebury is about 20 miles (32 km) north of Stonehenge.

You walk among the stones, feeling very special.

The ancient stones wrap around a little village. The Red Lion Pub actually sits within the circle... stop and have a pint.

Other Standing Stones

A little further north find The King Stone and the Rollright Stones.

Beyond this rich landscape in Wiltshire, England, you can find several henge monuments in the Cumbia Lake District....

Look for Castlerigg Stone Circle, Mayburgh, Long Meg and Her Daughters, and Swinside which some have called the finest stone circle in England.

Scotland has many sites... standing stones, stone rows, stone circles, cairns and hillforts.

Men an Tol Alignment in Cornwall

Cornwall is another rich area for neolithic standing stones and henges.

Park and walk to the site called Men an Tol... a three stone alignment; the center stone is a ring large enough to crawl through....

All kinds of legends associated with that one!

Wales also has many burial chambers and standing stones.

Sometimes you'll have to climb fences or go through gates or walk through fields to get to these monuments... all legally, of course.  There are paths to all of them with obstacles like that.

That only makes it feel more like exploring doesn't it?

Neolithic Stone Monuments Further Afield

If you really get into this, you can go looking for neolithic stone monuments in Ireland and Italy.

And France has some amazing "alignments" and standing stones deserving a trip.

Wet your appetite for henge monuments with Stonehenge and Avebury, you may find that looking for those ancient stones gets you traveling to places you wouldn't see otherwise.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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