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in the town of Keswick, in the county of Cumbria


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About Castlerigg Stone Circle

The best time to view Castlerigg Stone Circle is that eyrie time when night is just giving way to dawn. It is then, with a spectacular background of hills oft covered in swirling mist that the full magic of the circle is most mystical and awe-inspiring.

Castlerigg Stone Circle, sometimes known as the Carles and the Druids Circle is about 100 feet in diameter, formed of around 38 megalithic stones and believed to date from about 3000 BC - making it one of the first stone circles to be built in Britain.

One side of the circle is flattened and there exists a gap between the large stones on the north side, this it is thought may have been some sort of entrance to the ground. An unusual feature is the small rectangle of stones and small mound inside the circle, indicating a possible burial place.

Whatever the truth of Castlerigg Stone Circles, and there are archaeologists who suggest it may have been an early astronomical observatory, one over-riding factor remains - in this high upland position in the hills rising above Keswick, Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the prettiest of all the ancient stone circles in England. It also gives visitors the most amazing view of the surrounding countryside.

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