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Wanthwaite Bridge, St Johnís in the Vale, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Naddle Bridge, Cumbria.
[8.1 km] Wed 08 Mar 2023

Lat/Long: 56.8305180, -4.2213910
OS Grid ref: NN 64551 73205
A cold clear morning as I set off north along the M6. It was 0degC when I left and -7degC when I got to Tebay then up to -2 when I got to Wanthwaite Bridge.

I set off up the lane via Yew Tree Farm which looked unworked even though a car was parked by the house. further up the lane I reached the church but it was still in the shade so didnít venture closer than the entrance gate.


Skiddaw in the distance.

I continued through the track gate with a good view of the valley ahead and on to the A591.I followed the path across the flat valley bottom then up to Nest Brow on the A591. There were some icicles by the path in the sub-zero weather.

Nest Brow on the A591
I turned right along the narrow Castle Lane and over the stile through the wall to the main field where the Castlerigg Stone Circle is. it was deserted when I arrived but as I was setting my Drone up people started to arrive. I took some drone still photos & tried a video shot. With the wind and cold it was painful on my hands so I was relieved to get the shots done, packed away gloves on, across the field I left by one of the two main gates then right along the lane.
Castlerigg Stone Circle vertical.
Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria near Keswick. Iíve photographed it many times in the past but only at ground level. Today's photos were from higher up via a drone to give a better impression of its place in the landscape.
It is one of the earliest British circles, constructed about 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period. It is roughly 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
There are more than 300 stone circles in Britain but most of them are more recent Bronze Age monuments about 4,000Ė2,800 years old.
Castlerigg is 30 metres in diameter, and originally comprised 42 stones but now down to 38, which vary in height from 1 metre to 2.3 metres.
Small scale excavations were carried out in the 19th century and three Neolithic stone axes were found. The axes originated from nearby Great Langdale where the stone was ideal for making axes and these have been found far and wide.

Castlerigg Stone Circle ground level.

Castlerigg Stone Circle ground level.

Castlerigg Stone Circle towards Blencathra.

Castlerigg Stone Circle towards Skiddaw.

Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Logs and Blencathra.
It was mostly a pleasant walk but there were quite a lot of cars going too fast for my liking. I stayed with the lane all the way back to the car. As I left I noticed a lot of building work going on at Wanthwaite House by the bridge.
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