Stones Journeys: Two Megalithic Stone Sites in Oxfordshire

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This journey takes in two of the most famous stones sites in Oxfordshire and may be visited in one day.

Sites to be Visited

Rollright Stones Stone Circle and Megalithic Complex
Wayland's Smithy Long Barrow

Journey to Two Megalithic Stones Sites in Oxfordshire

Our journey starts in Oxford, home of the world famous University of Oxford, is the only city in Oxfordshire and is located at NGR SP5133306177.

Our first destination is roughly 23 miles (37 km) north of Oxford. The Rollright Stones Stone Circle and Megalithic Complex consists of three sites, all walkable once we reach our first site, The King's Men Stone Circle located at NGR SP2947730919. The next two sites at the Rollrights Complex are the King's Stone, located just across the road, and the Whispering Knights Portal Tomb, located just up the road. Detailed Driving Directions Map.

Our journey's next destination is Wayland's Smithy Long Barrow, some 37 miles (59km) away. It is a Neolithic chambered long barrow that was built in two different periods: a timber chambered oval barrow built around 3700 B.C. and the second stone chambered long barrow in around 3400 B.C. and is located at NGR SU281854. The Wayland's Smithy Long Barrow is located near the village of Ashbury in Oxfordshire. It may be accessed in a variety of ways, the most popular being walking to the site on the Ridgeway. The shortest way seems to be from the B4507. Drive down Knighton Hill Road to where is crosses the Ridgeway, park, and then walk west along the Ridgeway to the site. Detailed Driving Directions Map.

After visiting Wayland;s Smithy, return to your car and return to Oxford, some 27 miles (44 km) away. Detailed Driving Directions Map

Visitors Information

Visitors information on these sites and others in Oxfordshire may be found at the Megalithic Portal County Guide No. 19 website. General tourist information may be found at the Oxfordshire Cotswolds website.


As of the date of this posting, road directions and conditions are correct. Please check local road conditions, however, for possible changes prior to venturing forth on this journey. A helpful resource for road changes and possible trip interruptions if you are travelling in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is the AA-UK Route Planner. Another map source that this website uses and that may be useful to you on your journeys is Streetmap UK.

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