“Does anyone know anything about the Hascombe standing stones?” It was an unanswered post on a local FaceBook page that sparked my curiosity.
I live not far from Hascombe and was somewhat surprised that I had never heard of them. A quick internet search revealed little more information than I already had. I wrote it down on my list of places to visit and two years later it was time to check it off that list.
The forecast was that the sleet would stop mid-morning. I set off, nonethewiser as to my exact destination but with the assumption that a stone circle would be fairly easy to spot. Has combe Hill is the site of an Iron Age fort. To the untrained eye this means some uneven, grassed areas.
From the top of the hill, there are amazing views in all directions, even on a grey December day. By the time you get to the top of the hill your blood is pumping and the weather is no longer your primary concern.
There was no sign of a stone circle. I don’t like to feel defeated and although I had enjoyed the walk exploring the woods, stumbling across sculpted seating and just being wowed by the Surrey Hills; I was disappointed not to have found the stones.
On Day 2 of my now, self-titled “Quest”, after some careful research I had found some clues and set off again. It had been raining heavily for most of the month and there was a lot of mud. I pretty much started off by walking up a stream.
I was on the right track, but feeling despondent: still no sign. Maybe they weren’t there and the lack of information was because it was actually a hoax. As these thoughts filled my head, I crested a hill and there they were. It seemed impossible that they were so well hidden from pretty much every view of and from the hill. What a special place. I continued my route, delighted that my rusty navigation skills got me back to my starting point.
The Hascombe standing stones aren’t prehistoric. They were erected in the late 1990s by the modern order of Druids and even without the history it’s well worth an explore. To me it feels like a magical place whether that’s because of the history, the natural landscape or the spirits celebrated by the Druids.