Historic CastleRigg Stone Circle
A trip back in time is the order of the day at Castlerigg Stone Circle. The ‘Stone Henge’ of the north, widely believed to have been constructed as far back as 3000 BC, this could potentially be one of the oldest stone circles in the country.
So what does it do, I hear you ask?
Simply put, no one really knows. It is thought that Castlerigg was an important meeting place for the communities of the time, whether this was religious, social or trading based, again, no one really knows. The stone Circle at Castlerigg has never been fully excavated so the potential under the ground to provide both answers and riches (in an archeoligical sense) is vast.
In the modern day, it is a free attraction that offers wide ranging views as Helvellyn and High seat provide a stunning backdrop. You can visit this as part of a circular walk from Keswick and it is also a stop off on route to Walla Crag, St John’s in the Vale and Blencathra to name but a few.
Why not combine a trip to Keswick climbing Wall – a fantastic facility just a short walk from the stone circle – with a picnic at Castlerigg before a gentle walk on to Low Rigg. The possibilities from here are as endless as the views are fabulous.
Embrace the history, let your mind wander to Neolithic times and your feet wander along the numerous paths that cut through this truly mythical setting.
Open all year round during daylight hours
Castle Lane, Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RN1