Goatstones
Stone Circle Simonburn Northumberland

Goatstones

Stone Circle In Simonburn, Northumberland

A Bronze Age four-poster stone circle located near Ravensheugh Crags in Northumberland.

Apart from the Duddo Stones there aren't any other well really known stone circles in Northumberland, however there still quite a few dotted around if you know where to look including the Goatstones located up on Ravensheugh Crags.

The name Goatstones is thought to be derived from the Saxon "gyet stanes" meaning "wayside stones" and the stone circle probably had some kind of religious purpose.

Apparently the Goatstones is the only recorded example of a four-poster stone circle bearing cup marks. Within the circle there are traces of a low mound which is thought to be the remains of a stone cairn which predates the construction of the stone circle and may have been the site of Bronze-Age burials.

It's just a short walk to get it and all on good track. You can even bag the nearby Ravensheugh Crags trig point.

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55.066556, -2.268762

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55.069952, 55.069952

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There is a little parking space enough for a couple of cars at the gate entrance just off the road.

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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