Castlerigg Stone Circle Walking Route from Keswick
Walk to the spectacular Castlerigg Stone Circle from the centre of Keswick.
|6.8 km||153 m||2 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Keswick Moot Hall
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Castlerigg Stone Circle Walking Route from Keswick Details
The Castlerigg Stone Circle is a spectacularly positioned Neolithic stone circle just outside the town of Keswick. It consists of 40 standing stones up to 3m in height, though the figure is often disputed and traditions dictates that you’ll get a different answer each time you count. Built 4-5000 years ago on a high plateau, this is one of the earliest neolithic stone circles in Britain and certainly one of the best positioned. It was one of the first scheduled ancient monuments as one of the 68 sites included in the Ancient Monuments Protection Act 1882. The stone circle was taken into state care the following year and in 1913, Canon Rawnsley organised a public subscription to buy the land the circle stands in and donated the site to the National Trust, of which he was one of the founders.
The views from Castlerigg Stone Circle are are expansive, with the mountains of Skiddaw and Blencathra providing a spectacular backdrop. Like other similar structures, their purpose is disputed, though it’s current purpose is to draw tourists as it’s the most visited stone circle in the Lake District.
This walk starts from Moot Hall in Keswick town centre, initially following the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path before setting off up a minor road to the stone circle. It’s then down through farmland back to the start.
Alternatively, you can park at the Castlerigg stone circles and walk to them from your car. However, parking here is limited and it is a very popular tourist spot, so walking in is a safer bet.
More information can be found on the Visit Keswick website with a downloadable pdf route map.