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Castlerigg Stone Circle

There are numerous neolithic stone circles in the Lake District and nearby areas, the most popular being at Castlerigg. This more-or-less round grouping of 38 boulders, with a rectangle of 10 more joining the inner edge of the circle, dates back some 5000 years, making it even older than Stonehenge. And like Stonehenge, the arrangement of Castlerigg Stone Circle is clearly linked to movements of the sun and moon, although the original ceremonial purpose of the stones is lost in time.

The stones themselves are impressive; add the majestic backdrop of Skiddaw, Blencathra and other mountains and you can see why this site has drawn admirers for millennia. An ideal spot to contemplate the mysteries of the past amidst the serenity of nature.

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The stone circle lies on the edge of Keswick and makes a pleasant walk from the town center.

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4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy three nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $699.12

4-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy four days in England’s beautiful Lake District! You’ll stay three nights at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, located near Lake Windermere. This ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $699.12

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $476.68

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 161 Reviews

This tour covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes and a lake cruise, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.56

Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

See 10 lakes in one day on a 6.5-hour tour around the idyllic Lake District from Windermere! With an expert local guide, travel by coach around the region to ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.67

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend three days discovering the secrets of Roman Britain and the stunning English Lake District on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Follow the route of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $395.64

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