Ridley Common

Stone Circle - Northumberland

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NY 77759 69772 (GPS 75min) Diameter 16.5x15.5m (meas.)
Visited August 2000 No magnetic anomalies

The Ridley Common circle stands on moorland close to the Pennine way footpath about a kilometre north of Hadrian's Wall. We counted 14 stones in the circle, all of red sandstone,  but the site was very boggy and overgrown and in some cases the stones were almost buried, so there may have been more that were totally covered. The circle is slightly flattened with diameters of 16.5m NW-SE and 15.5m NNE-SSW, the tallest stone stands at the west and is 1m high. Because of the condition of the site it was difficult to establish if any of the stones could be classed as standing.  
We also noticed two stones outside of the circle, these lay 5.5m ESE of the circle edge, one stone was quite small but its partner was equal in size to several of the circle stones and may be a possible outlier.
When the reeds and bracken are high, this circle can be very difficult to locate, we would recommend using a GPS unit and our accurate map reference if you plan to visit in the summer months.

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