Long Meg and her Daughters

 

On my first visit to Cumbria I visited this lovely stone circle with friends just after the summer solstice. It was pouring with rain and we were all wet and cold from a boat trip on Ullswater lake earlier on so we did not stay long. I did feel a great energy here though and I was with two very powerful goddesses so that made it all the more special! I hope to come back to Cumbria in better weather and re-visit this lovely site along with Castlerigg.

This is an interesting Bronze Age site covering quite a large area. The stones are placed in a flattened oval 100 by 93 metres, and there were originally about seventy. Today there are fifty-nine, twenty-seven of them still standing. The stones of the circle are the daughters and Long Meg herself is a 3.6 metre standing stone just outside the circle. On the flat surface of Long Meg that faces the circle is a cup and ring mark, a spiral, and an incomplete concentric circle. Nearby is Little Meg

Aerial photography in 1988 has revealed a huge earthen enclosure to the north of the circle which meets and matches the flattened northerly segment of the ring.

Tradition states that Long Meg and Her Daughters were a coven of witches who were holding their sabbat, some time in the thirteenth century. Michael Scot, a wizard from Scotland, found them so engaged and cast a spell over the assembled company, turning them all into stones.

In common with other circles, these stones are said to be uncountable, and if anyone can count them twice and arrive at the same total, the spell will be broken. It is also said that when a local squire attempted to remove the stones, a tremendous and terrifying storm broke out overhead and so the project was immediately abandoned. Finally, a prophecy tells us that if Long Meg were ever to be shattered, she would run with blood.

Below are a selection of photographs from my visit there.