Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

Arbor Low has been called the Stonehenge of the Peak District. This Neolithic henge monument is a very atmospheric place constructed on high moorland. Introduction It is not dissimilar to the monument in Avebury, Wiltshire. Like Avebury, it has a henge bank and ditch, a stone circle and central stone ‘cove’. Close by is Gib Hill, a large burial mound. At first glance, Arbor Low is not as impressive as its more well known Wiltshire…

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Stonehenge Stone Circle

Stonehenge Stone Circle

Introduction I have always had a fascination with ancient places and stone circles in particular. The Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District and the Arbor Low Stone Circle in the Derbyshire Peak District are places I’ve visited. The circle at Callanish on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland is still on my list of top places to visit. Of course, the most famous circle is Stonehenge. For a long time,…

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The Angel of the North, Gateshead

The Angel of the North, Gateshead

Driving up the A1 towards Gateshead and Newcastle or travelling on the East Coast Main Line you can’t help but notice a large figure looming over the roadside/railside trees. This is the Angel of the North, a contemporary steel sculpture of an angel designed by Antony Gormley. Thousands of people pass its outstretched wings every day. The Angel of the North is visible from miles around. However, you really have to visit the site and…

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The Yorkshire Arboretum, North Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Arboretum, North Yorkshire

An arboretum is simply a botanical collection which is made up of trees. Generally, it is intended to be a place for scientific study. Just as a zoo educates people about animals and preserves endangered species, arboretums are places where endangered trees and plants can be grown and protected in order to preserve them. I used to be a frequent traveller through the Castle Howard estate, I lived nearby. I must have passed this site…

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