Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Castlerigg Stone Circle

One of the most visited stone circles in the Lake District is Castlerigg (also known as the Keswick Carles or simply The Carles). It has been dated to about 3000BC and is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.  At the entrance to its location the raised map (above) is placed for visitors to see the positioning of the 38 stones and around the edge the names of the near mountains.
The circle measures about 100 ft (30 metres) and sits in a natural amphitheater formed by the surrounding hills with sight of the valley below

The ever-changing clouds and weather

form a  backdrop changing the light and the atmosphere of this magical place.  I arrived under gloom but gradually the sun started to break through and the low clouds started to break up and dissipate off the tops.
One of the unusual formations of the circle is this rectangular grouping of ten stones in the south east quadrant sometimes called the sanctuary or cove, although its purpose is unknown. Some have suggested it might have been a meeting place for trades of stone axes.
By the time we left the sun was starting to break up the clouds. Nothing much is known about the site but the astronomical alignments have provoked a lot of interest and also the observation that at the north east it flattens out for reasons unknown. Some have imagined that the stones reflect the the shape of the mountains surrounding them.  If only there was time machine to whisk us back to meet our ancient ancestors for them to explain. Until then The Megalithic Portal has a beautiful photograph of the circle taken by firelight which may be the nearest we'll get to seeing it how it might have been.   

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at S here


Melody Steenkamp said...

very intriguing aren't they.... many stories are to be told about them

Have a wonderful ABC-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful photos and I love the stones ~ and great post for S ~

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

Amit Agarwal said...

3000BC..legions of years..awe inspiring!
Very interesting post, Joy:)

Roger Owen Green said...

a mini-Stonehenge!

baili said...

this stone place looks like an attractive mystery .i hope some day this will be solved by some scientist.
thank you that you shred such a beautiful photos that reveal the uniqueness of this place .
i enjoyed your way of description too

LindyLou Mac said...

This is the first time I have joined in Round 19 and it is already the letter S. Good to be back playing along and visiting other meme entries. This stone circle looks very mysterious.

Leslie: said...

Simply one more reason to come visit!

abcw team

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

What an interesting place... Great set of photos