VISIT | Hearing Legends at Arthur's Stone | Herefordshire
An Ancient Set of Stones Linked to Legend
Visit legends at Arthur's Stone - Arthurian or Druidic? Who really knows?
A breath-taking outlook over the Herefordshire valleys
Root yourself in ancient British history in this most rare of stones
"...the ancient stonework with its staggering views..."
It is a steep climb up from Dorstone village. Or for those who choose to drive up the side of Merbach Hill – it is a narrow journey through nerve-jangling tight turns and lung-crushing small lanes. Where seemingly cars shouldn’t be. But the treasure up here is that of ancient times.
Littered along ridge lines and hilltops along this part of old England in rural west Herefordshire are a scattering of prehistory. Of ancient lumps and bumps. Of old, and even older England still.
This place might be known as Arthur’s Stone but some locals still call it by its fabled name - King Arthur’s Table.
But it is the old stones that have dragged people up on this high point for centuries. Literally hundreds of years.
It is known as a cromlech. An ancient stone tomb structure made of vast weighty stones. And from distance it does have a remembrance of Arthurian legend. For time has broken it and its shape has become disjointed.
For this was once eighteen feet by nine feet in size, two feet in depth. Supported by around ten upright stones. And with one enormous capstone said to weigh in at over twenty-five tonnes. This is one giant stone sculpture. There were stones up here which have now transitioned to other places and other hedgerows. But the atmosphere here is one of symbolic importance.
Legend abounds here. So whether King Arthur’s Stone or Table where Arthur slew a giant, whether druidical cromlech as ritual altar or ancient cairn where signal fires or sacrifices were made to the spirits above and below – this place is a connection with the ancient history of this land.
For us, the delight is in its views. The landscape is awesome, truly awe-inspiring. It perhaps gives us a spiritual reminder why this place, this ancient place was chosen with this most curious of curious piles of stones. If time allows, wander your way along the top to the summit of Merbach Hill where brilliance continues in mindless beauty. For this place has windows over the delightful area of Moccas, of Bredwardine, of Letton and the Wye in all its splendour.
With all this in mind, it is little wonder that it has knocked shoulders with the great and good. Legend begs us to imagine this stone as a meeting place for King Charles I; where he met with his nobles and his troops rested awhile in 1645 in the midst of all that English Civil War trouble with Oliver Cromwell.
But don’t rush when you find your footing at this place of Arthur’s Stone. Let time wait awhile for you. Sit next these most ancient of rocks. Ground yourself in its roots. And ponder awhile. The world will wait.
Directions and Map |
Find Arthur's Stone up on the ridgeline above Dorstone village. There is a very narrow lane access but I suggest taking a walk up from the village of Dorstone or Bredwardine on the other side of Merbach Ridge