Bronze Age Stone Circle
South of Chatsworth, Derbyshire OS Map Ref SK281685
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
The southern arc of Parkgate stone circle looking west. Above the pair of stones in the foreground the ring can be seen extending round to the upper right of the picture.
| Parkgate is a
typical Derbyshire Bronze
circle, consisting of small stones set within a low earth and stone
bank. Because of their small size and the fact that the site is overgrown
with tall clumps of grass it is difficult to count the exact number of stones
- my guess is there are between 10 and 14 with only one standing above a
metre in height. English Heritage estimate that the original number of stones
may have been as high as 20. The circle has a diameter of around 13 metres
with the bank extending another 2 metres beyond while within the circle
are the remains of a cairn,
outside the circle are what may be outliers
or part of an avenue - it is reported that there are three stones in a line
to the northeast and a further two to the south of the circle.
A word of warning when visiting this site - although it is close to Chatsworth house, do not be tempted to drive down the track that leads east from Beeley Lodge over Beeley hilltop - it is barley suited for vehicles. Approach from the east instead and park beside Hell Bank plantation and walk the rest of the way. Partway down the track is a gate that leads onto the moor. Follow the pathway for around 400-500 metres and somewhere off to the right you should see the circle.
Parkgate is a circle of small stones, some shorter than the surrounding grass. These two photographs taken from about the same position in 2000 and 2007 shown how difficult it can be to see the circle above this grass.
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