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UK - England - Cumbria - Lake District NP - Keswick - Castlerigg Stone Circle | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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UK - England - Cumbria - Lake District NP - Keswick - Castlerigg Stone Circle

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Castlerigg Stone Circle (Keswick Carles, Carles, Carsles or Castle-rig) near Keswick in England is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. Every year, thousands of people make the short journey from Keswick to the plateau of Castlerigg Fell and to Chestnut Hill, on which the monument stands. This plateau forms the raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells and from within the circle it is possible to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Blencathra.


The stones are of a local metamorphic slate, set in a flattened circle, measuring 32.6 m (107 ft) at its widest and 29.5 m (97 ft) at its narrowest. The heaviest stone has been estimated to weigh around 16 tons and the tallest stone measures approximately 2.3m high. There is a 3.3m wide gap in its northern edge, which may have been an entrance. Within the circle, abutting its eastern quadrant, is a roughly rectangular setting of a further 10 stones. The circle was probably constructed around 3200 BC (Late Neolithic/Early Bronze-Age), making it one of the earliest stone circles in Britain and possibly in Europe


It is not so easy to come up with unique take on a place like Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most visited places in Lake District. I was rather lucky as it was raining quite heavily (not that luckily), however the result was that there was rather large water whole inside of the stone circle and I have used it in my favor and capture this place with reflection. This angle was the lowest possible as I was holding the camera just above the water level.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal length: 38.00 mm; Aperture: 7.1; Exposure time: 1/160 s; ISO: 100


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Taken on November 1, 2011