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By the Iron Age (from around 800 BC), an­cient Bri­tons – driven by greater com­pe­ti­tion for land and a need for se­cu­rity – be­gan con­struct­ing ram­parted hill forts. The largest and most so­phis­ti­cated was Maiden Cas­tle: cov­er­ing the area of around 50 foot­ball pitches, it has deep ditches and walls that are nearly 20ft (6m) high. Down­load English Her­itage’s Echoscape au­dio guide to ex­plore the an­cient earth­work ac­com­pa­nied by myths and sto­ries. Also visit nearby Nine Stones, a small pre­his­toric stone cir­cle, and the 44 Bronze Age burial mounds of Win­ter­bourne Poor Lot Bar­rows.

Free; open year-round (0370 333 1181; english-her­ visit/places/maid­en­cas­tle/)

From £4.80/£2.90 adult/ child; open April-Oc­to­ber (07831 757934; english-her­ visit/places/chysauster-an­cientvil­lage) The Bronze Age cairn of Bryn Cader Faner – “the hill of the throne with the flag” – sits in re­mote moor­land near the Gwynedd vil­lage of Tal­sar­nau. With its cir­cle of

Free; open year-round. Na­van Cen­tre costs from £5.60/£3.40 adult/child (028 3752 9644; vis­i­tar­­ex­plore/na­van-cen­tre-fort)

New­forge House, a grand Ge­or­gian ho­tel in Magher­alin, has dou­bles from £125pn B&B (tele­ tt-new­forge-house-ho­tel)

The stones at Stan­ness in Orkney date to Ne­olithic times

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