Mayburgh Henge (Featuring King Arthur's Round Table)

Debs at MayburghJust south of Penrith near junction 40 of the M6 lies the little village of Lanercost. Why am I telling you this? Because it is here that you will find the rather charming Mayburgh Henge. It is well signposted and you can park right next to it so you have no excuse for not paying it a quick visit next time you are in Cumbria.

Most henges are constructed from large earthen banks, which in time become eroded by the elements leaving the modern chill seeker with not much to look at. Mayburgh's builders obviously had greater foresight than many of their contemporaries as they fashioned their henge from stones dredged from a nearby river that still runs close by. The result of this planning is a henge that really is rather special, making it one of the finest examples you are likely to find. The gigantic bank is still remarkably well preserved giving the whole place an unexpectedly tranquil feel when you descend into the henge's interior. There is a single entrance on the eastern side and even a rather impressive standing stone located in the centre (this poor stone used to have three friends but they are long since gone).

Burnsie at King Arthur's Round TableA short stroll (or very quick drive) down the road lies another henge known as King Arthur's Round Table, but alas this fellow has been bashed about to within an inch of its life. The road leading to Mayburgh has destroyed about a quarter of the henge and what remains has been eroded to such an extent that the large ditch and bank are only really discernible around what would have been one of two entrances. If only the builders had paid closer attention to their neighbours and built in stone none of this would have happened! Well they'll know for next time. In fact the highlight of our visit, for Gazza and Debs anyway was me getting chased by some cows. In my defence, however, they were very big and nimble on their feet and one had an evil glint in its eye...it did, it really did!