When one thinks of stone circles the likelihood is that stonehenge and avebury are the first that come to mind cumbria however is one of the most densely populated regions for these prehistoric marvels and also contains some of the most complete stone circles in england even today the purpose of these stones remains a mystery. The stone circles of the lake district cumbria there are some 50 stone circles in the lake district and cumbria including some of the earliest stone circles in britain there is a vast range of types from the vast monumental circles at castlerigg swinside and long meg to the standard early bronze age circles of about 100 ft in diameter . Buy a guide to the stone circles of the lake district 1st by david watson rosemary watson isbn 9780955943836 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The history of castlerigg stone circle there are around 300 stone circles in the united kingdom but castlerigg stone circle is one of the most beautiful intriguing located on a plateau in the lake districts thirlmere valley the nearby high seat helvellyn skiddaw blencathra and lonscale fell provide a stunning mountainous background. A bronze age stone circle in a lovely setting on the eastern fringe of the lake district long meg and her daughters is the third largest stone circle in britain the long meg stone is a solitary upright stone of red sandstone standing 12 feet high
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