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VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT

The Prehistory of Cumbria
& the Lake District
Stone Circles

Long Meg and her Daughters
Stone Circle in mist.

 

Stone Circles:
An Explanation


The Circles

Mayburgh
Henge &
King Arthur's
Round Table
Few places are as atmospheric as a Stone Circle and Cumbria is blessed with a great number of them, though their condition varies: many are hidden from view, either half buried or too remote to be well known.

The best known is Castlerigg on the outskirts of Keswick; next comes Long Meg and her Daughters in the Eden Valley, much less often visited. The remainder are rarely visited and few people realise just how many there are.

These remains of the county's ancient history are of very great importance and interest. If you have never visited a Stone Circle then you should do so when in Cumbria.

I describe only those Circles likely to be of interest to anyone with a general interest in the subject. In addition to the Circles I have included the Mayburgh Henge and King Arthur's Round Table, both a mile or so to the south of Penrith.

This section largely deals with the late Neolithic to early Bronze Age (that is 3200 - 1600 BC), though there are numerous sites where evidence such as cave paintings and axe factories, of much earlier habitation has been found.

 

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