Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

Castlerigg Stone Circle
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dating from about 3000 BC, this is one of the first stone circles built in Britain, which is perched atop a high moor with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
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Christy
London, UK128 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a fantastic free morning out. There isn't much information to gather about Castlerigg, as the English Heritage guide who was there on the day we visited said it was likely to be around 3000BC. However it is easy to find, with breathtaking views. We would highly recommend, but try to arrive early as although there is plenty of off-road parking, it does get busy quickly.
Written August 7, 2021
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Fallon Leigh
Charnock Richard, UK15 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Castlerigg stone circle is set just off a country type road. Parking was fine when we arrived but I can see how it may be tricky on a lovely spring/summer day when it may be busier. If needing to park right at the location is essential I would aim to visit when it is likely to be less busy.
It was around lunchtime, 12ish when we arrived, the weather was very windy, cold and beginning to rain but there was still plenty of people that had come out regardless. We stepped out the car, walked a very short distance through a gate and we was there.
I would recommend appropriate shoes for bad weather as it was very muddy.

The stone circle is set against a beautiful backdrop of Lake District mountains.
Perfect for peoole looking for a photography landscape location in this area. I was especially happy to capture them whilst the mountains were snow capped.
Overall Castlerigg stone circle is worth a visit. The history is interesting and everyone visiting was very considerate of each other wanting to taking photographs.
Written February 24, 2020
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margaretcarr07
Birmingham, UK23 contributions
Sep 2020
Nice feature - followed a great map provided by the Tourist Info centre in Moot Hall . Woods - offering a superb view of Derwent Water then fields full of sheep down lanes and a hop over the style. After the Stone Circle - a great walk down the lane to the old railway line trek to be rewarded with the old staion at the end adapted into a hotel
Written October 3, 2020
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Dale235
27 contributions
Jun 2021
Starting near the leisure centre, there is a really nice loop to the Stone Circle that goes along the old rail line and then comes back down through lovely woods.
The Stone Circle sits on a low hill with lovely views in every direction. Would have liked some more information on the history of the site, but Google did us proud!
Written June 26, 2021
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Jim S
High Wycombe, UK87 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
One of Britains earliest stone circles, raised around 3000bc, it's location, overlooked by the bulky mountains of Skiddaw, Blencathra & a dramatic view down the Thirlmere valley towards a distant view of Helvellyn, can only be described as breathtaking. 30 metres across & containing 38 stones, it's by no means the largest in stone size or circle width, but, it's position is far superior to most other circles, including Stonehenge & Avebury. There is no entry fee to this lovely site, managed by both, English Heritage & National Trust, you can park very close to the site. As with all other protected places, please leave the area as you found it, Serene, Dramatic & Awe inspiring, plus of course, clean & tidy. I thoroughly recommend a visit to this stunning, atmospheric place.
Written March 19, 2020
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TonyPaz
Ashford, UK102 contributions
Sep 2021
Definitely worth a visit if you are into history etc or relaxing locations. When we visited it was very quiet and a lovely place to sit, relax and admire the scenery and history of the location. There are several information boards giving a story about the stones. If travelling by car there is a small layby alone the lane next to the hedge/field, the stones being a short 150 yards away.
You can easily walk to the stones from Keswick or the village Threlkeld. We walked from Keswick along the main road past the shell petrol station, taking a left towards A66/Penrith Road, after 100yards turning right along a quiet residential road which leads into a country lane. You walk up a steep hill before coming to the stones on your right. It is approximately a 1.5 mile walk.
After spending times at the stones we choose to continue walking away from Keswick and walked the lanes to Threlkeld. At Threlkeld you can either visit a pub or a cafe for refreshments. We returned to Keswick via the disused railway walk.
Written October 31, 2021
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Dan G
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Sep 2021 • Couples
The views are great but the views are great from many places in the Lake District. Not the best views by any means. To sum up, Wordsworth visited once, past visitors used to chip off pieces as souvenirs, used as a meeting place by ancient farmers and one of the stones was moved to another part of the field, maybe. If you are passing have 10 minutes to spare then sure, check it out but not worth going out of your way for
Written September 29, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Oct 2020
Up on the hills above Keswick stand the stone boulders of Castlerigg Stone Circle, located on a plateau from which you can see several high peaks including Skiddaw and Grasmoor.

The stone circle, still mystical though highly eroded, dates from around 3200 BC, making it one of the oldest in Britain. We were there on one of those moody cloudy autumn afternoons where the atmosphere and the scenery was stunning.

Definitely worth a visit, especially as admission is free, but the paths may be muddy in the rain.

We also visited Keswick itself - a pleasant market town dating from the 13th century, popular with artists and writers. Current buildings of note include the Moot Hall of 1813, St John's Church dating from 1838 and the George Hotel, dating from the 16th century. It was quieter than Ambleside or Windermere, which made it more enjoyable.
Written November 9, 2020
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Worldwidetraveller89
Workington, UK451 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Absolutely brilliant family day out! Views are fantastic. Safe for children to be children and let off some Energy in the enclosed field the stone circle is in. Magical and historic, totally free! NOT roped off like Stonehenge. We lucked out with another visitor playing beautiful songs on there guitar which just made it all so atmospheric!
Written March 22, 2021
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Cosmic B
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Jan 2021
I was blown away when we visited this place. Very magical. We happened to arrive the day before a summer solstice and there were people here in tents from all over the world here to take part in some festivity of something? Got some excellent photos. Every moment the clouds and tone of the place changes and the photos taken even an hour later can be very much different in mood than at other times in the same day. I was so impressed and visited the place again before we left Cumbria. Very memorable.
Written January 9, 2021
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