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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
    This is OT but does anyone know how many stone circles there are that have a road running through the middle? There is one about two miles away from where I live and I keep meaning to go and photograph it!

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    I would guess Stonehenge & the one you refer to are probably unique in that respect. I think we must blame the Romans for running a road through Stonehenge. There has been talk of diverting it away possibly through a tunnel at gi-normous expense. Although it is no longer possible to wander around the stones, you can still take some nice shots through the wire fence! At Avebury you are quite free to weander around the stones & there is an interesting museum there & other attractions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
    This is OT but does anyone know how many stone circles there are that have a road running through the middle? There is one about two miles away from where I live and I keep meaning to go and photograph it!

    Lachlan
    Stonehenge does not have a road, but Avebury has and so does Long Meg and her Daughters - those are the two I have been to, no doubt there are others... In centuries past, they were not always viewed with the same respect they have now. Lots of stones can now be found as part of a local 15/16/17/18th century house's wall...

    Check out http://www.themodernantiquarian.com Go to the search page and you can tap in your postcode and find the nearest sites.


    Cheers, Bob.

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    The Dales is a great location. If you're after waterfalls then this site gives you some great locations (just ignore the accompanying photographs; you could drop your camera and do better! ). Thornton Force is good but will be very busy in May (do-able if your patient!), Scaleber Force is my favourite, and usually remarkably quiet.

    For stone circles, Leon's your man. For Wiltshire and surroundings BobF is very knowledgeable.

    Avebury is one of my favourite locations to shoot, despite me never having made a successful image of the stone circle! (I'm not saying it can't be done, just that I haven't yet done it! :rolleyes: ) I would advise a walk by the Calne Locks in Devizes, as there are plenty of opportunities along that way.

    Have good light and a great trip,

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    If you look carefully enough there is a standing stone in London. It is known as 'the London Stone'. Only a fragment now remains of what in the sixteenth century was described as 'a great stone set into the ground'. I have not been there for many years, but the London Stone used to be located behind an iron grill set into the wall of the Bank of China on the north side of Cannon Street opposite the Cannon Street tube station.

    Some also believe there was once a stone circle on the modern day site of St Pauls cathedral and that there was also once a temple of Diana on the same site which previously may have been a site sacred to Frigga or Freya, hunting deities in pagan times (hence the nearby Friday Street and Distaff Lane, Friday being the sacred day of Frigga and the distaff one of her sacred attributes)

    There may have been other stones at Tower Hill and All Hallows. Which would explain the line of the ancient Roman road which once ran through these points, the eastern end of Cannon Street is all that remains of this road. The line runs : St Martin's Ludgate - St Paul's Cathedral -the London Stone - All Hallows - Tower Hill.


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    [QUOTE=Lachlan Young]This is OT but does anyone know how many stone circles there are that have a road running through the middle? There is one about two miles away from where I live and I keep meaning to go and photograph it!

    How the heck did they get planning permission??? I always thought that such sites were well proteced by law.

    Ron

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    [QUOTE=Ron Clark]
    Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
    This is OT but does anyone know how many stone circles there are that have a road running through the middle? There is one about two miles away from where I live and I keep meaning to go and photograph it!

    How the heck did they get planning permission??? I always thought that such sites were well proteced by law.

    Ron
    Such sites have only been 'protected' in the las fifty years or so. The roads are centuries older. Look at the stone circle at Avebury, not only does a road run through but there is a whole village built within the circle.

    But increasingly these days for 'Protected by Law' read 'fenced off and chargeable to view'.


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    Depends how you define "very ancient" but if moderately ancient will fit the bill then I'd try a number of the abbeys in Yorkshire such as Fountains or Bolton. May is a good month but be warned unless we are very lucky it may still feel like early Spring temperature-wise. Good daylight until 8:30pm but short sleeves it is NOT!

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    stone circles in cornwall ..........

    My faves are

    Hurlers

    Impressive three circle arrangement, although quite ruinous. In the shadow of the Cheesering on Bodmin Moor. Ruined tin mines around the place. Often lots of people milling around though, difficult to photograph

    Merry Maidens

    Very peacefull small circle with some outliying stones to be found (ie the pipers)

    Boscawen Un

    A bit of a treck off the road but well worth the walk. Another small circle with an odd centre stone with a precarious lilt.

    Men An Tol

    A circular stone in a stone circle - weird! Not much of the stone circle left though. Another short treck that's worth the effort.

    there are quite a few others circles. If you're tempted by the chambered tomb - here are a few to consider .....

    Lanyon Quoit

    very photogenic - and right next to the road

    Chun Quoit

    difficult to find and a bit of a walk, but reall worth the effort. It's taken me 4 years and 6 trip to cornwall to find this, but I'm glad I did. I'll be there to get some pics again in March, cant wait!

    Trevethy Quoit

    Quite easy to find and not far from the Hurlers.


    That'll do for now - the modern antiquarian is an excellent resource and you'll find loads more info there - including OS references and people's thoughts of the sites (along with some dubious photos). You'll be able to search for the northern sites there too.

    Avebury and S'henge are good places to go to SEE a couple of the early Massive-Henges (Avebury itself and Durrington Walls Nr Woodhenge)and stone circles but are quite difficult to photograph because there are always so many people around (unless that's what you're after of course) and they are so damn big. It's worth venturing out and around the Avebury area to see some of the peripheral sites like the Devil's Den, West Kennet Long Barrow (spent many a night in there) the Avenue ... I could go on all day, but I'll spare you that.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB
    For stone circles, Leon's your man.
    It'd be really tacky to say, "I told you so!" wouldn't it...?!
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    A couple of thoughts for someone visiting Cornwall to look at ancient sites.

    First, don't neglect the industrial archeology. Lots of abandoned and ruined mines, tin tunnels, pumping houses, mills, sheds and counting houses. Dating back further than you might think.

    Second, consider spending some time on Dartmoor. It's not too far out of your way, has tons of neolithic and other monuments, and better cream teas than you'll find in Cornwall. Some tasters here:

    http://www.richkni.co.uk/dartmoor/relics.htm

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