Stone Circles

Lake District Stone Circles

Stone Circles in The Lakes have shown the presence of humans in this area during the bronze age. There are numerous theories as to the purpose of these stone circles, these range from astronomical observatories to meeting places for traders – which would explain the Neolithic axes found in or around these sites, tribal gatherings and religious ceremonies. These circles are mainly situated around the Lake District’s western edge and in the Eden Valley. This would confirm what archaeologists believe, that the earliest settlements in Cumbria, which date from approximately BC5500, were around the coast.

Castlerigg Stone Circle: This stone circle is located just east of Keswick in Cumbria and off the A66 Penrith Road, has been called the most beautifully located stone circle.

Elva Plain Stone Circle: The Elva Plain Stone Circle lies on the southern slope of Elva Hill which is on private ground in a field at Elva Farm nearly four miles east of the town of Cockermouth.

Grey Croft Stone Circle: Grey Croft Stone Circle, is situated just a few hundred yards from BNFL’s Sellafield complex near Seascale in the Western Lakes.

Swinside Stone Circle: Swinside Stone Circle, is situated approximately five miles north of the town of Millom and to the west of Broughton-in-Furness, is one of the finest circles in the Western Lakes.

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