The Rollright Stones
This complex of megalithic monuments lies on the boundary between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, on the edge of the Cotswold hills. They span nearly 2000 years of Neolithic and Bronze age development and each site dates from a different period.
The oldest, the Whispering Knights dolmen, is early Neolithic, circa 3,800-3,500 BC, the King's Men stone circle is late Neolithic, circa 2,500 BC; and the King Stone is early to middle Bronze Age, circa 1,500 BC.
The Stones are made of natural boulders of Jurassic oolitic limestone which forms the bulk of the Cotswold hills. This stone has been used extensively in the region for building everything from churches and houses to stone walls. The boulders used to construct the Rollright Stones were probably collected from within 500m of the site.
The Stones are located on an unclassified road along the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire boundary between the A44 and the A3400, north of Chipping Norton and south of Long Compton.
No bus routes pass by the Stones. Stagecoach Warwickshire (no. 50) runs between Stratford Upon Avon and Chipping Norton and the driver may be willing to stop at the crossroads at the top of Long Compton Hill, half a mile east of the Stones. If not, the nearest stop from which to walk is Long Compton. There are also local taxi services.
The nearest railway stations are Kingham (c. 7.9km or 4.9 miles as the crow flies) and Moreton-in-Marsh (c. 9.5km or 5.8 miles). Oxford, Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon are the nearest mainline interchanges and are relatively convenient to link to Stagecoach buses.
The Rollright Stones are linked into a network of public rights of way and permissive paths. The D’Arcy Dalton Way links Salford, Little Rollright and Great Rollright passing just south of the Whispering Knights and is linked to the Stones by a permissive path. The Shakespeare’s Way passes through Little Rollright and a detour to the Stones is possible from where it crosses the road past the Stones or via the Darcy Dalton Way.
There is limited parking space at the Stones. Please do NOT park there as the base for a longer walk.