This past summer I travelled to England for the first time. While visions of scones, moors and Big Ben ran through my head, it was its neolithis stone circles which I was most eager to experience. They did not disappoint.
Pictured here and below is Castlerigg, one of England’s lesser known but most complete circles, in one of the most dramatic settings. Standing on a hill and surrounded by mountains in Keswick, Cumbria, near the Lake District, it is an awe inspiring sight. Dating from around 3000BC, little is known of its history, adding to the mystery and allure. It does have a solar allignment and so was most likely used in solstice rituals. It is easy to feel the weight of the past when standing amongst the stones, but mostly I felt sadness at the loss of knowledge of the civilization that built the circle.
But contemplating the past there was at times a difficult exercise, as people came by the carloads and inevitably used the stones for standing on, jumping off and taking selfies in front of. The picture below demonstrates the challenge in trying to capture the circle with the desired for reverance.
A full view of the circle was unattainable without people that day but these two came close.
As you can see from the pics, the sun was reluctant to show itself that day, as was the case for much of our visit. But it did make for atmospheric photos.
The final picture below shows the entire circle in a moment of late afternoon light.
More of my images of Castlerigg can be seen here.
Stay tuned for images of that other stone circle in an upcoming post!