We’re just back from a trip to see Grandma in Wales. While we were there, we took time out to visit Arthur’s Stone, or Maen Ceti, a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C.. It’s on the beautiful and atmospheric Gower Peninsula. Although the last henge A and D saw was Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege (a life-sized, bouncy Stonehenge), they’re also keen on the more sedate, hewn-from-the-living-rock versions scattered across the countryside. As are most kids.
- They’re usually in wild countryside, so there’s loads of space to run around.
- They’re normally free to get in.
- They’ve got some great stories attached to them. Arthur’s Stone was meant to have been split in half by St. David, furious that the Welsh druids were worshipping there.
- They’re bloody huge and awe inspiring. And sometimes have underground bits to explore.
Obviously, at not-quite-two, A and D were more excited by the whipping wind and huge skies above the stones. But what a great day out. Julian Cope’s The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain is a brilliantly idiosyncratic guide to the best megaliths and monuments this country has to offer, and is a fine place to start.