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The Duddo Stone Circle

May 27, 2014

Northumberland 256Coming through the Northumberland village of Duddo, you take the road signposted to Tiptoe (no I’m not making this up!), and then leave the road by way of a circuitous series of field paths across mostly ploughed fields, before Northumberland 251climbing up a gentle slope to the five stones of the Duddo Stone Circle.

The stones sit high on a ridge with vast view across the Northumberland countryside and way into the Scottish Borders – the Eildon Hills are quite prominent in the far distance.

I have to confess that I had never heard of it, though I have spent a great deal of time exploring other prehistoric stone circles and rows.

The stones that are left at Duddo probably date back to around 2000 BC, though there is evidence of a cremation burial of ashes in the centre of the stones from around 1400 BC, suggesting that the stones were still held to be sacred at that later date.

The stones themselves are like worn fists sticking up from the ground, such is the erosion. In fact the most eroded Northumberland 254stones I have seen in a circle. This produces a most unusual atmosphere, as though these bits of rock have been transformed into something quite other-wordly and I am usually not fanciful where archaeology is concerned.

Only a short walk but a journey well worth making.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2014 6:49 pm

    Those are superb – and no, I didn’t know about them beforehand. They certainly look worth a visit if I’m up that way again.

  2. elmediat permalink
    May 28, 2014 4:09 pm

    Fascinating post & images.

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