Castlerigg Stone Circle and Blencathra

Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick, in Cumbria, is one of the oldest stone circles in England, and possibly also in Europe. It is thought to have been built around 3200 BC. There are 30 stones in the circle, with another 10 forming a rectangle at one side. The mountain in the background is Blencathra, also known as Saddleback. It is a favourite peak for hikers, offering spectacular views of the Northern fells from its heights. This was taken on a morning in early November, an early snowfall has dusted the peak, and the grass in the field is stiff with frost.

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