Castlerigg is often described as one of the most atmospheric and dramatically positioned stone circles in Britain. It consists of 38 stones up to 2 metres tall forming a ring 30 metres in diameter, located in an expansive valley with the mountains of High Seat and Helvellyn as a backdrop.
This monument has stood for around 4,500 years since it was constructed by Neolithic farming communities, making it among the oldest of Britain’s 300 stone circles. Like other prehistoric sites, its original purpose is unknown. As one of Britain’s most visited ancient sites it was also one of the first to be taken into guardianship by the National Trust. Castlerigg is especially popular during the Summer Solstice as thousands of revellers gather to greet the sunrise on the longest day of the year.View Lake District