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Castlerigg Stone Circle

KESWICK,

Just two miles east of Keswick is one of the most dramatic and atmospheric stone circles in Britain. It dates from about 2000 BC, and, like many of these ancient stone sites, its original purpose remains unknown. There are 38 stones in the circle itself, with a further 10 in the centre, and the circle is dramatically situated - surrounded by high fells, with Helvellyn to the southeast. Made of volcanic Borrowdale rock, brought here by the glaciers of the Ice Age, the construction is actually oval in shape, 107 feet across at its widest point. The name of the stone circle means 'the fort on the ridge', though no evidence of any fort exists here.

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