Sunset over Castlerigg Stone Circle by David Robinson

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Sunset over Castlerigg Stone Circle by 

Taken on a cold November evening

The circle consists of 38 stones of variable sizes and shapes; they are all un-hewn boulders, some standing over 5 feet in height, although some have fallen in the 5000 years since their erection. It has been estimated there were originally around 41 stones, so Castlerigg is relatively well preserved when compared with other circles in the British Isles. The stone circle has been tenuously dated at 3200BC, although there is always a buffer zone of a couple of hundred years when trying to date stone circles without accompanying archaeology. Castlerigg does not conform to a true circle, the Northeast face is flattened, perhaps due to some little understood aspect of megalithic surveying. Just inside the eastern end of the circle is a group of 10 stones forming a rectangular enclosure known as a cove, the purpose of which is unknown.
Excavations in the cove in 1882 provided very little in the way of archaeological finds, although quantities of charcoal were discovered. A wide space to the Northern end of the circle, framed by two large stones may have served as an entrance to the site. There is also an outlying stone to the Southwest of the circle, the function of which can now be only guessed at.
There have been few excavations on the site, although a stone axe head was found in 1875, and the cove was excavated as mentioned earlier in 1882
On a more mysterious level the circle has been the focus of one well-recorded sighting of strange light phenomena. In 1919 a man called T. Singleton and his friend watched as white light-balls moved slowly over the stones. Strange lights seem to be a recurring theme at ancient sites throughout the world, they may have been one of the reasons ancient man built monuments at specific sites. There has been a lot of speculation as to their nature; it is most probable they are part of some natural phenomena related to fault lines.


  • daveivey
    daveiveyalmost 6 years ago

    That is a captivating. This makes me want to jump on my motorcycle and take off. Only thing – it didn’t get over 32degrees and misted rain all day. Great photo.

  • Thanks Dave! Much appreciated … hope the weather is better today for you and you can get out on ya bike!!

    – David Robinson

  • hcroft
    hcroftalmost 6 years ago

    this is superb david well done

  • Thanks Heather … glad you like it! It is a magical place!!

    – David Robinson

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertialmost 6 years ago

    stunning composition

  • Thanks Rosina! I think I was lying on the cold wet grass when I took this one!!

    – David Robinson

    ANNETTE HAGGERalmost 6 years ago

    stunning sunset David..anna ; )

  • Thanks Anna … It was a fabulous evening

    – David Robinson

  • Barbara Morrison
    Barbara Morrisonalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Love the color of the sky and the hint of mist behind the stones! Almost expect to see some Druids.

  • Thanks Barbara … I think these days you get quite a few modern day druids descending on the place on the solstices!!

    – David Robinson

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot, David. So atmospheric. Happy Christmas. Agnes xx

  • Thanks Agnes … and a happy christmas to you too!!

    – David Robinson

  • mmargot
    mmargotalmost 6 years ago

    The clouds are doing a ballet for you! Yes, it is mysterious and seems to be portending something. What is the story of this place for those of us unfamiliar?
    You must have waited for just the right moment…wow.

  • Thanks Margot … the clouds were indeed dancing … a magical place I visit it whenever I can. I’ve added a bit more info in the description .. pasted from the web! Didn’t have to ‘drop in’ an interesting sky on this one … mother nature was kind to me … and cos it was cold there weren’t many other people around so I only had to cope with the sheep wandering in and out of the shot!!

    – David Robinson

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture! The colors are really beautiful!

  • Thanks Bela!

    – David Robinson

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Breath taking shot David :o)

  • Cheers Robin and thx for the fave!

    – David Robinson

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