The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland.
Within an earthen bank and ditch, a circle of some 50 white limestone slabs, all now fallen, surrounds a central stone ‘cove’ – a feature found only in major sacred sites. Nearby is enigmatic Gib Hill, a large burial mound.
Managed by the Peak District National Park Authority.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a small car parking area on the track up to Upper Oldhams Farm.
Access: It is a 300-metre walk from the parking area to the stone circle through fields with gates or stiles, which can be challenging, particularly for wheelchairs or buggies. Be aware that access is through a working farmyard and private landholdings, for which the landowner issues a £1 charge per person.
Facilities: There are no facilities on site. The nearest public toilets and a café are at Parsley Hay, just over a mile away to the west near the A515 junction with The Rake.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome but must be kept under close control as there may be animals grazing.
Plan a Great Day Out
After Arbor Low Stone Circle, why not travel on to two other nearby prehistoric sites in our care? Nine Ladies Stone Circle, a small Bronze Age stone circle, is 6 miles to the east, and then Hob Hurst's House, a burial chamber, is 3 miles further to the north east. Enjoy beautiful Peak District moorland views from both.
Or extend your day out with a visit to the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle, set on a hillside overlooking the pretty village of Castleton and offering breathtaking views across the Hope Valley and beyond.
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