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Hird Wood Circle

Stone Circle


Visited 24.7.13

Heading north along the A592 (near Ambleside) you pass through Troutbeck.
Keep an eye out for a rough track way on your right and a small lay-by directly opposite – park here. Follow the track way (as such it is) downhill keeping the stone wall to your left. You pass through some trees and cross a small stream. Keep going a little further and you will go through an old stone doorway of a ruined building.
Right in front of you will be the remains of the stone circle.

Without doubt this was the best site I visited today – fab!
Yes the circle is ruined (with a track running through it – what was all that about?) but enough of it remains to give an idea of how it would have looked in its prime.
The ‘entrance’ formed by the old moss covered stones of the doorway only adds to the experience.

5 stones remain from the inner circle and further 3 from the outer ring – embedded into a wall. There are lots of other large stones scattered about. I have no idea if any of these are from the circle or not.

The sun was shining and the light dappled through the trees.
If it wasn’t for the trees there would be great views up the valley.
If the stone circle was complete I would rate the site as highly as the circle at Swineside/Sunkenkirk – the location really is that good.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here (exceeding expectations) and I would heartily encourage those who are able to do so to also visit.
Posted by CARL
7th August 2013ce

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