The Rollright Stones
Steeped in folklore, The Rollright Stones are a must-see site during a break in the Cotswolds. These natural wonders are open all year around, as well as offering night-time entry for stargazing.
There is an entry fee for the stones; it’s £1 for adults and 50p for children aged between 7 and 16 years old. You can pay this beforehand online or by cash in the on-site honesty box.
The Rollright Stones’ name originates from the Petrifaction Legend. Legend has it that a king and his soldiers marched across the Cotswolds until they came across a witch.
The witch challenged the king to walk seven long strides, and if he’s unable to see after the seventh stride, he’d become the King of England. After reaching the seventh stride, a huge mound rose from the ground, blocking the king’s view.
The witch turned the king and his men into stone, whilst she became an elder tree. The tree is believed to still rest amidst the hedge by the site.
After uncovering the Stones and their legend, why not embark on the Chipping Norton and Rollright Stones walk? This eight-mile trek will take you on a circular walk, passing through the nearby market town.
Several events are run by The Rollright Stones’ Trust, including art exhibitions, competitions and outdoor shows. If you come at the right time of year, be sure to get involved!
Discover this historic gem during a Cotswolds escape…
Image Credits: Steve Daniels – CC BY-SA 2.0