Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg in frosty weather © Richard Gale

Castlerigg in frosty weather

Surrounded by the fells of Skiddaw and Blencathra to its north and Castlerigg Fell, High Rigg and Clough Head to its south, this ring of 38 stones, set within  a ring of mountains, has stood at Castlerigg for about 4,500 years since it was created by Neolithic farming communities.

Since the early days of Lake District tourism in the 1700s, visitors have been both intrigued and inspired by this ancient monument and its impressive setting. Although Lakeland scenery appears timeless and unchanging, the stones reminds us that the landscape has in fact been shaped and altered by people for thousands of years.

Please enjoy and respect this ancient monument and help us to protect it for the future.