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CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE

One of England's oldest stone circles in a stunning Lakeland setting

Location: St.Johns in the Vale on the outskirts of Keswick with panoramic views (approx. 2 miles from Keswick town square)

 

Castlerigg Stone Circle may be the most beautiful stone circle sites in Great Britain. The stones sit within a field perched above Keswick, surrounded by the majestic Lakeland fells of Blencathra and Skiddaw and the beautiful St.Johns Vale. This setting gives amazing sunsets and sun rises, a photographers paradise!

 

The circle has been dated from around 3000 BC which makes it one of the first stone circles in Britain. The stones are arranged with an entrance on the East side which suggests the sun shone through the structure at Sunrise. Archaeologists speculate about the use of the circle - a burial site? an area used to help map the stars? Whatever the use, the site is unlikely to be dug up in the near future so the secret is safe (for a while!)

 

There is roadside parking near the site and the area is wheelchair accessible.

 

Below is a map showing the location of Castlerigg Stone Circle