Last Photographed: Thursday 25th August 2022
Other Names: King Arthur's Table
Arthur's Stone is a Neolithic burial chamber that dates from around 3700-2700BC. This is a single-chambered tomb, featuring an elongated, curving passage leading towards the inner chamber. While it's not known whether the passage was originally covered, the main tomb would have been enclosed within a mound of earth. Nine upright stones support a broken capstone that weighs in at an impressive 25 tons.
A recent archaeological dig in 2022 found evidence of a secondary mound, suggesting that Arthur's Stone was once part of a larger and more substantial structure, probably adapted and expanded over at least a couple of centuries. What appeared to be stone steps were also discovered leading up to the tomb.
Despite its secluded location, Arthur's Stone is rich in history and legend. It's here that King Arthur is said to have slain a giant whose elbows left dents in the capstone as he fell. And it is also here that King Charles dined with his army in 1645 when laying camp for the night. More recently, CS Lewis is said to have taken inspiration from the capstone when imagining the stone table on which Aslan is sacrificed in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Arthur's stone really is in the middle of nowhere. The setting is wonderfully secluded and makes for a real sense of adventure when you're trying to find the place - and a real sense of satisfaction when you finally do. It's a liminal space, with the gentle English countryside giving way behind you to the rolling plain of the Golden Valley ahead, and panoramic views out towards the Black Mountains of Wales in the distance. A richly atmospheric and gloriously peaceful site that invites the traveller to linger a while.