Arthur's Stone Neolithic Burial Chamber, 450m South West of Mount Pleasant
County Council (Unitary)
Hereford and South Herefordshire
SJ319319 (331886, 243120)
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Correct OS grid ref SO 318 431
As this Neolithic chambered tomb (c.3500 BC) is 919 ft. above sea level (sounds better than 280m) there is no way of avoiding either driving up steep country lanes or a stiff uphill walk to get here!
The burial chamber is impressive with a capstone approx. 6m
x 3m which originally sat on 9 upright stones, 3 of which have now fallen. Estimates of the weight of this capstone seem to vary between 25-35 tonnes. Several other stones are near the main ones, one of which is believed to be a false portal stone.
I find the location also impressive high above the Golden Valley with wide views across to the Black Mountains.
Keith Wheeler, 22 January 2012
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