The Lake District is a popular holiday destination. With plenty of history, outdoor activities and stunning scenery, the Lakes are a great place for a holiday.
One popular town in the Lakes has a stone circle to rival Stonehenge.
Keswick is a beautiful market town with plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied.
Lake Derwent is a great place to go canoeing, sailing or rowing.
Keswick also has plenty of great walks, tourist shops, boutiques and foodie establishments.
The Derwent pencil museum and the Theatre by the Lake offer something a bit different for holidaymakers in search of more than just natural beauty.
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But Keswick also has a stone circle.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is a 30 minutes walk from town.
Located on a plateau above Keswick, Castlerigg is surrounded by breathtaking nature.
Hills and distant mountains can be viewed from Castlerigg, making the walk up and east of Keswick worth it just for the view.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is thought to have been set up in 3000 BCE.
That makes the stones 5,000 years old.
There are over 1,300 stone circles in Britain, and most of them are Bronze Age, dating from 2,000 to 800 BCE.
Castlerigg is much older, and unlike Bronze Age circles, it probably wasn’t used for burial.
Castlerigg used to have 42 stones, but it now only has 38.
The large site’s ancient use is a mystery.
Like with Stonehenge, Britons can only imagine what went on in this beautiful place.
On Tripadvisor, Thomas H said: “Lovely place with fabulous views which gives a very dramatic and breathtaking atmosphere.”
Anastasia wrote: “The views are absolutely astonishing, would highly recommend and the circle itself is fascinating in my opinion.”
The entrance – outlying stones in a stone circle – of Castlerigg was moved from its original position, now living on the south west of the circle.
Castlerigg is an unusual stone circle, with its rectangle of standing stones inside the circle itself.
There is only one other example of this layout, at the Cockpit Askham Fell, near Ullswater.
While Castlerigg hasn’t been fully excavated and nobody knows what lies beneath the surface, some artefacts – three Neolithic stone axes – were recovered from the site.
Britons on holidays in the Lakes may have been attracted by the promise of natural beauty and outdoorsy activities.
But there is also a lot of history to be discovered in the region.