Castlerigg Stone Circle


The approach to the Castlerigg Stone Circle follows the route used by its builders. The view from the path is impressive, but the magnificence of the site, with the fells all around, is best appreciated from within the circle itself. The plan of Castlerigg is a flattened circle, distorted on its East side. Stones would have been dragged to the spot on log rollers and levered upright to slide into holes which were then packed with soil and cobbles to avoid tilt. The scattered locations of stone circles in Cumbria, generally located 8 - 10 miles from their nearest neighbours, may be related to Neolithic tribal territories, with the circle as the place of occasional gathering.
excerpt from
English Heritage Handbook 2002

30 March 2002


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