Other Names: The Piper's Stones
Athgreany is a Bronze Age stone circle dating from the late Bronze Age. It consists of fourteen granite stones (out of a possible 29 original stones), arranged in a 23 metre diameter circle. Another outlier is situated approximately 36 metres to the north east of the main circle. The largest stone rises to about 1.8 metres.
The name "Athgreany" may be derived from the Irish "Áth Gréine" - or "field of the sun, possibly suggesting a ceremonial use for the monument.
In common with many stone circles, Athgreany has an associated petrification legend. According to the tale, a group of merrymakers were dancing to the tune of a piper on the Sabbath, for which crime the almighty turned them to stone as punishment. The circle represents the dancers, with the outlier representing the piper.
Athgreany is a very accessible stone circle, but none the worse for it. It's set far back enough from the road that it still enjoys a sense of isolation, and the views over the surrounding countryside are striking. The circle itself is full of character, reminiscent perhaps of some of the Cumbrian stone circles. The thorn tree that grows on the edge of the circle adds its own flavour to the site, and unsurprisingly, some have taken to using it as a wishing tree, adorning it with pieces of colourful cloth and various trinkets that presumably serve as offerings.