Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

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The megalithic site of Castlerigg Stone Circle dates back to the Neolithic Age and features large stones arranged in a circle. Estimated to be over 4,500 years old, the formation resembles an ancient amphitheater and boasts the highly dramatic backdrop of Cumbria's tallest peaks. While the function of these Neolithic circles remains a mystery, experts speculate that they centered around some ceremony in the large central space. Bring your camera for some memorable photographs. Make Castlerigg Stone Circle a centerpiece of your Keswick vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Keswick online travel route planner .
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  • We were a stone's throw away from this historical site. It was a grey overcast day when we visited. Behind the circle from our stand point was a glittering of sunlight in the far reaching mountain vie...  more »
  • After a nice tour (you are on your own to get there, SATNAV is not helpful there) you will come to a place that brings you back hundreds of hundreds years back in time. One would almost feel the ancie...  more »
  • A fantastically atmospheric place with great views of the hills of the Lake District. A place to make you stop and think about the people who thousands of years ago hauled these huge stones up steep h...  more »
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  • Excellent stop for some really nice photos and it's not too busy either. Specifically, put this on our route north and it was worth it. Really picturesque with a great atmosphere. It's amazing to stand amongst these 3000-year-old stones and just imagine the past.
  • This is a great area for atmosphere. We came here on a wonderful day with snow in bright sunshine which really enhances the place. Very popular with tourists too, even in the middle of winter. Quite easy to drive to or alternatively you can walk from Springhill road in Keswick to it which takes you across fields with breathtaking mountain views.
  • Have visited this stone circle many times over the years. Each time I go my breath is taken away by it's surrounding amphitheatre of outstandingly spectacular scenery. Whoever built it 5000yrs ago, certainly knew what they were doing ; it has truly mysterious, mystical and atmospheric properties. Also known as Carles which means Wise Elder. It is a very special place. Nearest town is Keswick.
  • I went hear while I was on holiday, I used to live in the lake district when was I was younger. Coming back when I'm older and wow do you appreciate the views and sights much more. And castlerigg was no exception. You can see all around and it's just beautiful. The stone circle it's self has a rather mystical feeling I have to admit. I recommend you go there and take in the sights and have a go at trying to count the stones, it's different every time!
  • Feel the power of the stones! Seriously..., a remote stone circle in a wild setting (when the clouds are low and the wind is high). An open National Trust site with on-road parking. Also a good example of old ridge-and-furrow in the surrounding field.
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