Stapeley Common

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Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle from the air. Shropshire Council

Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle from the air. Shropshire Council

Stapeley Common’s rich ancient landscape is best known for Mitchell’s Fold and ‘Hoarstones’ stone circles. They are the only stone circles that still survive in Shropshire.  It’s thought that superstition and folklore may have helped preserve them. Both circles date to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The tallest of Mitchell’s Fold’s fifteen stones is known as Long Meg would have been one of a pair, possibly forming an entrance.

In the landscape around the circles are many other Bronze Age features. The most notable stand on Stapeley’s two summits.  In addition to cairns, there are several barrows and cross-ridge dykes marking ancient land boundaries or ritual sites. The remains of stone rows running down from the summit mark out small medieval fields.

Park at the small car parks either end of the Common.

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