Mysterious, intriguing and quite frankly surrounded by beauty. Around 3000 years ago, in the late Neolithic Age, what is now known as Castlerigg Stone Circle was built. To this day nobody has worked out exactly why it was built. Ancient slate stones standing on the level top of a small hill with majestic mountain neighbours in the backdrop. Skiddaw, Blencathra and Helvellyn to name just a few. This quiet spot a couple of miles outside Keswick, Cumbria has attracted thousands upon thousands of visitors whom have come for the sights, to explore ancient mystery, to draw/paint or to experience a beautiful sunset amongst other things.

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People have tried in the past to uncover the purpose of the circle, one of the oldest in Britain. 40 stones officially make its form. If you count more then apparently this is due to the vast amount of visitors year after year and with erosion pushing the soil down and revealing the supporting stones. It is widely believed to have a great astronomical significance with equinoxes appearing to be in line with larger stones or mountains/hills on the horizon. Probably used for ceremonies. It was archeologically excavated only way back in 1882 with  only findings of charcoal and different soil. The samples have since probably been lost for modern analysis. The mystery remains.

DSC_02131 Castlerigg Stone Circle – Mysterious Beauty

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DSC_02381 Castlerigg Stone Circle – Mysterious Beauty

One thing that can’t be denied here though is the sheer beauty of the surrounds. I have touched on some of the mountains nearby and they are those I have loved to climb. This day at Castlerigg I found peace, beauty and tranquility in a whole different way. A calm late winter, as the sun was setting, marveling at mile after gorgeous mile around me. Imagining what may have happened here millennia ago in this very spot.

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IMG_3502B1 Castlerigg Stone Circle – Mysterious Beauty