For visitors to the site castlerigg is often referred to as one of the most dramatic stone circles in the country as it is set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the lake district castlerigg stone circle photo copyright michael turner swinside stone circle. The stone circles of the lake district cumbria there are some 50 stone circles in the lake district and cumbria including some of the earliest stone circles in britain there is a vast range of types from the vast monumental circles at castlerigg swinside and long meg to the standard early bronze age circles of about 100 ft in diameter . There are over 50 stone circles in the lake district and the purpose of this guide is to introduce you to what they are where they are and what you are likely to find in the hope that you will develop a sense of wonder about them sufficient to visit some of the circles yourself. A bronze age stone circle in a lovely setting on the eastern fringe of the lake district long meg and her daughters is the third largest stone circle in britain the long meg stone is a solitary upright stone of red sandstone standing 12 feet high. Castlerigg stone circle tewet tarn and low rigg tewet tarn forget stonehenge the best stone circle is here in the lake district castlerigg stone circle is set within an amphitheatre of fells that provide an atmospheric setting to this ancient monument thought to be one of the oldest stone circles in the country
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