Rollright Stones

Just off the A44, on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border, north of Chipping Norton

They say the Rollright Stones cannot be counted, but it’s always fun to walk around the neolithic stone circle and have a go. Try with a partner and you can be sure you won’t both come up with the same number. That’s just one of the general aspects of atmospheric spookiness that you’ll find at this under-visited monument right at the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, on the road between Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh. Like Stonehenge, no one quite knows what they’re here for. As well as the stone circle, known as The King’s Men, there’s a single standing stone – The King’s Stone – and a small cluster known as the Whispering Stones, one of which was once a lintel. Some have suggested these were the gateway to a burial chamber. Do note that finding the stones isn't easy as there are no signs – driving north on the A3400, take the third left after the big roundabout intersection with the A44 (the second is signed to Over Norton). This is signed to Little Rollright. Park in the layby on the left about half a mile after your turn-off. Full details are on the website, where you can also book your own event at the stones if the fancy takes you.

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