The site itself is comprised of 38 free standing stones, some up to three meters (10 feet) high and is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period (the later part of the Stone Age) 4000 to 5000 years ago. It is truly one of the country’s most impressive prehistoric monuments in terms of astronomy and geometry. Considering that there are more than 300 stone circles in Britain, Castlerigg is truly in a class by itself.
When standing in the midst of these impressive stones one cannot help but wonder why. Why are they here? How did they get here? And…who brought them here? As with many similar stone sites dotted throughout the country, and the whole of the United Kingdom, researchers are still attempting to uncover their origins and significance. As such the mystery continues to this day.
There are places that we visit, such as cathedrals, pyramids and national parks or any number of man-made wonders, or sights that we see…a super moon or a raging waterfall that can evoke a feeling of smallness in us. Standing among these ancient rocks, atop a plateau with a sky so big it could swallow us was just one of those moments.