I recently celebrated a birthday ( yes another one!) and because we were visiting the Lake District, Cumbria, I wanted to re visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle on my special day. It’s a good walk over fields and along hedgerow lined lanes to this National Trust property. The stone circle is like a HUGE birthday cake with stone candles on. It is situated in a beautiful bowl shaped area surrounded by lovely fells and mountains. On this special autumnal day the sky was blue, sun was shining and sheep were causing mayhem! All was good in my moment of time along with the thousands of moments of time there must have existed at this historic site.
The Neolithic British Isles refers to the period of British, Irish and Manx history that spanned from circa 4000 to circa 2,500 BCE. The final part of the Stone Age in the British Isles, it was a part of the greater Neolithic, or “New Stone Age”, across Europe.
This is a famous monument in a dramatic location, surrounded by mountains. The main circle has 38 large stones, some standing 3 metres (10 feet) high. The entrance seems to line up with the midwinter sunset. It’s one of Britain’s earliest stone circles, about 5,000 years old, and has been officially protected since 1883. However it gets so many visitors that conservation is an everpresent concern! Managed by the National Trust and English Heritage.
Location: Grid ref NY291236. 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) south east of Keswick off the A591. Limited parking near site.
Having struggled all week I have finally managed to upload a couple of pictures. I’m not sure of the quality so bear with!
Hubs, Benji dog and I spent the week in Keswick,Cumbria and what a fantastic week. We walked to Castlerigg stone Circle. This stone circle is thought to be 4000 years old. Imagine that. It feels as if some ancient people were in this place before time began. The circle is 100 feet in diameter and is composed of 38 megalithic stones. The scenery is excellent and perhaps this is why such a monument was built in such a place. It certainly makes you feel “in touch” with yourself.
Talking about “in touch with yourself” why is it that whenever I have a picture taken of myself my hair is always a mess? Maybe it’s always a picture at the end of a hike, and usually windy? Also my eyes are all screwed up. Probably because of the sun and lack of sun glasses. And I always look tired- cause I’ve just walked up hills and over fields! Ahh well! Happy days!
Today was the day that I wrecked my feet! It was downhill all the way, but first we had to go up hill!
We decided to go up on the Ahorn gondola from Mayrhofen to the top of the Ahorn Mountain. The Ahorn Gondola is the largest in Austria and travels up the side of the mountain at approximately 36 kilometres per hour. The whole of the area is geared up for skiing but during the summer it is a walkers wonderland.
The next problem was which way to walk? Well I do confess it was my suggestion to walk back down. Who in their right mind would walk down a mountain when you can get a lift? Not only that but we walked 4265 feet DOWN HILL!!
The weather was a relentless 33 degrees. The Hubs was very patient. The feet were a nightmare. The scenery was stupendous. The packed lunch welcome. The water essential.
I did survive and complete the walk/hike/marathon. My poor toes were a different story. I did wear hiking boots but canvas ones. Big mistake. It’s never the wrong walk only the wrong footwear!
Give feet freedom I say!