About Arbor Low & Gib Hill

Arbor Low is an impressive prehistoric monument, situated in the Peak District in between Monyash and Hartington. The ‘henge monument’ consists of a large enclosure, surrounded by a large bank and ditch with two entrances. This was constructed around 2,500 years ago by Neolithic communities. Later, in the Bronze Age, a circle of stones was added to the interior and a barrow incorperated into the south-western bank.

Nearby is the site of Gib Hill, a Bronze Age barrow thought to be built of the remains of an earlier Neolithic long barrow. The sequence of works at Arbor Low and Gib Hill are thought to have developed over 1,000 years between around 2500BC and 1500BC. The sites is amongst the most impressive prehistoric monuments in the country and has been nick-named ‘Stonehenge of the North’.

Approaching Arbor Low

A section of Arbor Low with stones and bank in the background

We’ll soon be piloting a digital project at Arbor Low. Objects in our collection include a rich selection of stone tools collected in the region as well as prehistoric remains from the Peak District at large. We also hold an interesting array of photos, sketches, prints and lantern slides that show how artists, antiquarians and archaeologists have interacted with the monument.In the meantime why not find out more about Arbor Low through English Heritage or even pay a visit? Entrance is via Arbor Low B&B for a modest £1.


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