Clandon Barrow credit Mike Franklin

The Nine Stones (SY 61079043)

Stone circle by road side Credit-Dave PenmanLocated to the west of Winterbourne Abbas this small circle lies beside the winterbourne stream that gives the village its name. It is a small oval built around 4000 years ago. The sarsen stones are of differing heights, probably chosen deliberately for some symbolic value. Its location in a valley bottom, beside a winterbourne is unusual, stone circles such as the ones nearby at Kingston Russell and Hampton are more likely to be found on a hilltop. The circle is looked after by English Heritage and is situated alongside the busy A35. Parking is possible at the Little Chef close by and you can reach the stones by way of a permissive path. In local folklore the stones are also known as the Devil's Nine Stones - representing the Devil, his wife and family. There are also tales of local children who were turned to stone after playing the game five stones on a Sunday and stones that ‘dance at 3.00pm on certain days'.

Map of location

More information about the site on the English Heritage website.