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A chance to visit The Culbone Stone

The Culbone Stone

On Saturday 3 August from 11am to 3pm there's a rare chance to visit the Culbone Stone, an unusual reminder of Exmoor's ancient past.

 

Although thousands of years old it had fallen and become lost, only being rediscovered in the 1940s. Its special feature is a cross within a wheel, chiselled clearly onto its face over 1,200 years ago by an early Christian community. But the stone has a much more ancient history than that, because once it formed part of a Neolithic stone alignment – a long line of standing stones – erected some 3000 years ago.

National Park ranger Tim Parish said: "The Culbone Stone is one of the more curious things to be found on Exmoor. It is an echo from our distant past that sits in a magnificently eerie bit of woodland, and is well worth a visit. Access to the stone is only allowed on events such as this, so this is a rare opportunity to find out more about this special site.. People are welcome to come along at any point during the day to visit the stone and learn more of our early history."   

The Culbone Stone is on private land and Exmoor National Park Authority has been able to arrange access for people to visit only for this Open Day. The stone is approximately a 300 metre walk from the road on reasonably level ground, although not suitable for wheelchairs. There is limited roadside parking - turn off the A39 (TA24 8JW) opposite The Culbone Inn and follow the signs. 

This event will be led by a National Park Ranger, there is no need to book. There is no charge but donations to CareMoor will be welcome. For further information contact: 07772989934.

 

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Published: 25 July 2013

T: 01398 323665
E: info@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk