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Little Meg Stone Circle

Also Known As Maughanby Circle

Near Penrith, Cumbria

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Little Meg is a small circle of large kerb stones which probably surrounded a Bronze Age kerb cairn. It is close to the village of Langwathby to the north-east of Penrith in Cumbria.

It consists of 11 stones in a ring surrounding a cairn which once covered a cist containing a cremation with an urn. Two of the stones on the site are decorated with spirals and cup and ring marks. A further stone is now in the Tullie Museum in Carlisle for safe keeping. I cannot find any sizes but from some photos I have seen, it would appear the largest stones is about 3 to 4ft high.

One of the stones was decorated in antiquity with a series of concentric circles and has good carved spirals.

Located  640 metres north-east of the other larger stone circle Long Meg and Her Daughters.

The taller stone on right of picture is known as Little Meg. more

Sir J.Y. Simpson wrote about Little Meg in the 19th century

'Two or three cairns or tumuli existed locally . One of them, of large size, stood on land belonging to the free school of the township of Maughanby. After removing from its central mound or barrow a quantity of cobble stones mixed with earth, several large stones, one of them only erect, were found arranged in a circle about eighteen feet in diameter. Several of them were buried beneath the projecting edges of the barrow. In the centre of the circle was placed a semi-ovoid cist formed of rough stones, and measuring only three feet nine inches in length, two feet four inches in breadth and ten inches in depth. The cist contained an urn, burnt bones and charcoal. The only ornament upon the rude urn was a raised line near the top.'


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Stone Circles of Britain

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Little Meg Stone Circle, Nr Langwathby, Cumbria

Ceremonial County: Cumberland

Grid Reference:

NY576374  Landranger Map Number: 91

Map Link:


Aerial photo: Google Aerial



Best Times to Visit:

Perhaps not mid summer when it may be overgrown





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Nearby Locations: Long Meg and Daughters, Cumbria
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Planning Grid


Little Meg Stone Circle, Nr Langwathby, Cumbria

Grid Reference:

NY576374  Landranger Map Number: 91

Getting there:

From Little Salkeld take the road to Gamblesby. Continue past the turning for Long Meg on your left, pass Tarn Farm and a strip of woodland on the left side of the road. There is a gap in the woodland, where there are 2 field gates and a wide grass verge. Little Meg is approached through the first field gate.


Little Meg is 175 yards down a wide, grassy field headland keep the edge of the wood directly on your left. You should see Little Meg, a small low circle, from the gate.


On the wide grass verge near the gate entrance, quite level, short grass.



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Nr Langwathby




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Opening times:

Open at all times



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Other Restrictions: None
Special Needs Access: Wheelchair users may need assistance. The land immediately surrounding the circle is bumpy.
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Children Facilities:  
Dogs Allowed: no known restrictions

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By: Keith Park Section: Stones Circles Key:
Page Ref: little_meg_stone_circle Topic: Stone Circles Last Updated: 10/2012


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