• Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Image ID
    FOT633476
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    2.4 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3600 x 1800 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    305 x 152 mm
    12.0 x 6.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    stone circle castlerigg old prehistoric monuments megalithic astronomy misty morning red sun rise sunrise
    Description
    Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. Every year thousands of people visit it to look, photograph, draw and wonder why and when and by whom it was built. The stone circle is on the level top of a low hill with views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell. There are 38 stones in a circle approximately 30 metres in diameter. Within the ring is a rectangle of a further 10 standing stones. The tallest stone is 2.3 metres high. It was probably built around 3000 BC - the beginning of the later Neolithic Period - and is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain. It is important in terms of megalithic astronomy and geometry, as the construction contains significant astronomical alignments. Although its origins are unknown it is believed that it was used for ceremonial or religious purposes.
    Uploader
    Dave Hudspeth
    Contributor
    Dave Hudspeth
    Date Taken
    2008-09-11
    Uploaded on
    2009-11-10
    Collection
    Places
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    Dominant colour
    #503010