Castlerigg Stone Circle

If you have an interest in heritage and historical landmarks, look no further than Castlerigg Stone Circle, just a 10 minute drive down the road from Underscar.

Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It’s perhaps the most fascinating location you could visit during your stay at Underscar and will surely get the mind thinking about the meaning and history behind the stones. Much like Stonehenge, it’s certain to capture the imagination as you envisage its meaning and use at the time it was built.

It is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period, 4000 to 5000 years ago.

The original purpose of the site is unknown. It could have been used as a trading post. Three stone axes have been discovered inside the circle. In the Neolithic period axes were made from volcanic stone quarried in the fells. Other possible uses include a meeting place for social gatherings, a site for religious ceremonies and rituals or even an astronomical observatory with the stones being aligned to the sun, moon and stars.

Castlerigg Stone Circle is located 1.5 miles south east of Keswick. Grid Reference NY291236. There is limited parking at the site. Admission is free.

For more information on the Castlerigg Stone Circle, visit the English Heritage website, or the Keswick Tourism page.