Long Meg and Her Daughters
Dating from the Bronze Age, Long Meg and her Daughters is the name given to a mysterious circle of 69 stones near Little Salkeld on the River Eden.
Long Meg is the tallest of the stones … and also is the only one that stands outside the circle.
There are the remains of a bank of the western perimeter which may indicate that it was part of the henge building tradition rather than just being a circle of freestanding stones.
The four sides of Long Meg face north, south, east and west.
Long Meg is decorated with ancient carved cup and ring symbols and spirals.
Legend has it that Long Meg was originally a witch who was turned to stone, along with her daughters, for dancing wildly during the Sabbath. It is said that the circle has magic properties and that it’s impossible to count the same number of stones twice!