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A Look At Lakeland (1 of quite a few)

CASTLERIGG 1/5

The stone circle at Castlerigg is situated near Keswick in Cumbria. One of around 1,300 stone circles in the British Isles and Brittany, it was constructed as a part of a megalithic tradition that lasted from 3,300 to 900 BC, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages. Various archaeologists have commented positively on the beauty and romance of the Castlerigg ring and its natural environment. In his study of the stone circles of Cumbria, archaeologist John Waterhouse commented that the site was "one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the site, making it the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. This plateau forms the raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells and from within the circle it is possible to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Blencathra.

 

A Look At Lakeland (1 of quite a few)

CASTLERIGG 1/5

The stone circle at Castlerigg is situated near Keswick in Cumbria. One of around 1,300 stone circles in the British Isles and Brittany, it was constructed as a part of a megalithic tradition that lasted from 3,300 to 900 BC, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages. Various archaeologists have commented positively on the beauty and romance of the Castlerigg ring and its natural environment. In his study of the stone circles of Cumbria, archaeologist John Waterhouse commented that the site was "one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the site, making it the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. This plateau forms the raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells and from within the circle it is possible to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Blencathra.

 

comments (19)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 16 Sep 2013, 00:30
Triple Wow! An amazing landscape and an utterly amazing narrative. Great capture Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Sep 2013, 00:44
As a lad, Brian, I used to make these...left them all over the back yard...I wonder if the ants thought the Gods had visited...


This one is a bit bigger...our back yard was not very big.
Brian Walbey: Nor was ours Ray, and it didn't need more than one person to move a stone either.
pleasant landscape. nice greenery and a beautiful day to be outside
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush.
This is a very special place Brian... thank you for the history about this circle of stones....petersmile
Brian Walbey: A pleasure Peter, I'm glad you found it interesting.
Wonderful Brian! I like your presentation!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2013, 05:57
A Stone Circle that I have yet to visit (I am lucky to have Avebury and Stanton Drew Stone Circles within less than an hour's drive). The siting of this one sounds very impressive
Brian Walbey: Yes very high up above the town Elisabeth, and with a great view I am showing later in the week. I haven't been to any of these places down your way sadly.
  • Chad (Ridge)
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 16 Sep 2013, 07:17
I have not been here Brian. There are certainly very many monuments of this ilk all over Britain and Ireland.
Brian Walbey: They certainly seem to be all round the country although I'm not aware of any in East Anglia and the North East.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2013, 07:19
A fine image Brian. I expect with the combination of the stones, mountains and sky it would not be too displeasing for your critical judges
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris. The combination would work with a Judge as a picture but would be marked down because it is a) a postcard type image and b)done very frequently, which is why I don't bother to take competitions at the Club very seriously these days, after 40+ years in Clubs, which I do enjoy, I don't think I will ever hear anything new from any Judge that comes along.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Sep 2013, 07:23
a very impressive stone circle - I know only Stonehenge in GB - thank you for your detailled information!
Brian Walbey: I did know of this one and made a point of visiting, but I'm not at all familiar with the various ones down in the area Chris and Elisabeth live.
A fine picture Brian. These stone circles are both fascinating and photogenic!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, they are photogenic but I had to wait a while to get this weeks images without a load of people in them.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 16 Sep 2013, 10:36
Lobe your photo very much. The clouds have even settles in a pattern to make this a gorgeous scene.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, I was fortunate with the clouds that day.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Sep 2013, 12:03
This reminds me of when we were in Avebury 2 years ago, Brian. I love these stone circles!
Brian Walbey: A very similar sort of circle I would think Ginnie, although I'm not familiar with the ones Avebury way.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Sep 2013, 13:05
I always find these stone circles fascinating. SOme say that they are all connected in some way but what do I know! I reckon they are very early forms of roundabouts. smile They make an impressive shot either way, especially the setting of this one.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. We haven't really been to many of these stone circles, indeed we once drove past Stonehenge in a coach and were honestly unimpressed, it looked a lot smaller than it does in pictures and on the T.V.. I guess you will have been to Castlerigg at some time in your travels in the Lakes.
You certainly had fine conditions, too; I love those stacked clouds! A beautiful scene, Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Yes that was a good day for photographs Martin, with those lovely clouds.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Sep 2013, 15:42
I know it well, wish I was there right now! Fine photo Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike, it would be nice to go there again, but Keswick was dreadful yesterday, when the Tour of Britain cyclists went through, so [perhaps we were both in the best place, ie.not Keswick!
Superb capture of this unique place Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it has some fine views as you will see later in the week.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Sep 2013, 17:24
I am intrigued by these circle of stones. This is a beautiful example. I googled it, the view from above is amazing.
I wonder what energy a pendulum shows here.
Brian Walbey: It is the first time we have really been to anything like this, it is certainly a good place for photos, and there are certain ideas that pendulums and occult things could be connected with them in times past.
A fine stone circle in a lovely setting
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is John, and the scenery around is magnificent.
Always spooky places, I think smile
Brian Walbey: One does wonder what went on at places like this in past times.

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