Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle just outside of Keswick, Cumbria (April 2012).

Although Castlerigg Stone Circle isn’t as famous as Stonehenge, when I first saw a picture of it, I knew I had to visit. I can’t help but be intrigued by a circle of stones placed by man sometime around 3000 B.C.E. The origins of the stones are unknown, but whatever their purpose, the stone-circle planners chose one heck of a location.


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An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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4 Responses to Castlerigg Stone Circle

  1. According to your “About” section, you live in the Cotswolds. Have you heard of the Rollright Stones, another stone circle on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border (near Chipping Norton)? The location’s not quite so grand as the one you photographed – but it’s a bit closer than Cumbria! We used to go there quite often as kids. Myth has it that you will never count the same number of stones whenever you go round. We never did.
    Here’s a link:

  2. leiah says:

    Ok, I just had to laugh that someone put stones in a circle and now it’s an attraction…but the area IS beaautiful. Maybe it was for a giant bonfire?

    • LOL. Interesting thought. Makes me wonder what will become future ancient attractions.

      I think the circle had some ceremonial purpose and astronomical significance, such as the way sunlight falls on certain days of the year and the alignment of the stones to the cardinal directions.

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