The Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick
Castlerigg Stone Circle is the most well-known and best preserved stone circle in Cumbria, a ring of 38 stones stands within a spectacular location of mountains.
Looking to the north you see Skiddaw and Blencathara, to the south High Rigg and Helvellyn, to the west the Derwent Fells and to the east through a gap, the Northern Pennines. Under the guardianship of the National Trust, Castlerigg is one of the UK’s earliest stone circles, dating to the Neolithic around 3000BC. Of the 38 stones, most of which are glacial erratics, 33 still stand, while a further 10 form a rectangular enclosure or sanctuary inside the ring, a feature unique to this site.
The standing stones are located just off the A66 near Keswick and are visited by thousands of people every year.