29 July 2021

Archaeological walk: Stanton Drew stone circles

Join the Bath and Counties Archaeological Society for a walking tour of the Stanton Drew stone circles.

Stanton Drew Circles and Cove is the third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England. The Great Circle, 113 metres in diameter, is one of the largest stone circles in the country and has 26 surviving upright stones. Despite this claim to fame, the standing stones at Stanton Drew remain a hidden archaeological gem.

On this 90 minute tour, you will hear about the history and legends of the stones and discover some of the secrets revealed by recent archaeological investigations.

Suitable for ages 12+. Maximum of 20 places available. Booking is essential. Tickets cost £1.50 per person, which includes a £1 entrance fee charged by the landowner.

Farm livestock is likely to be present in the stone circle field therefore no dogs are allowed.

This walk is part of the Festival of Archaeology, the UK’s biggest celebration of archaeology.

Guide: John Richards is the secretary of the Bath and Counties Archaeological Society and has been carrying out research on Stanton Drew since 2009. He has co-authored a number of reports and written papers about the site.

How to take part:

Participants will need to be able to make their own way Stanton Drew. Full directions will be provided nearer the time. There are no onsite facilities, although the local pub serves food and drink and has a car park and toilets.

Archaeology walks are a physical activity but every measure possible will be taken to ensure that everyone can join in. The stone circles are in the fields of a working farm. Access to the fields is via narrow kissing gates so may not be possible for people with limited mobility. If you have specific access requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to support you.

COVID Secure

The safety of attendees is paramount and measures have been put in place to make sure this event is COVID secure.

Numbers on the tour are limited to 20. If required by the government guidelines, details of each participant will be kept for the NHS Test and Trace. These will be destroyed 21 days after the event.

Please do not attend if you are told to self-isolate, or experience Covid symptoms prior to the walk. In these circumstances, we will be happy to issue you a refund.

These measures will be re-evaluated as new government guidance is issued and new measures added as necessary.

Wet weather

The tour will go ahead unless the weather conditions are extreme. Please check your joining email for updates or changes to the walk.

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