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Hird Wood Circle

Stone Circle


I have to admit that it took me a while to find this place, having not read up on any previous fieldnotes, and with the stone circle not marked on any map, there was always going to be a certain amount of guesswork.
There isn't even much in the way of landmarks around either, that is why I passed it by. I had to keep on going south until I reached the Ambleside turnoff at Town Head, turn round and slowly retrace the road back up the hill. Counting coppices, streams, and looking out for the footpath that loops down and round to the stones. Eventually I got to the parking place suggested by Carl, parked up crossed the road went through the gate and trundled off down the bridleway. Less than ten minutes later I spied a standing stone coming up ahead. Bingo !!!

The sun had come out so I took my cardy off, and put it on the wall, then realised the mistake I'd made, my camera was still in the car. So I set off back up the path to the road, half way there it dawned on me that my brain must be turning to mush as my car keys were in the cardy on the wall. Back to the stones up to the car and back again to the stones. It's hard work this old stoning lark sometimes.

The siting of this stone circle is strange and beautiful, situated on a steep slope, far above Trout beck and down hill from the road, it is, I felt, a weird place for a stone circle. But it is in a very pretty place, moss covered old walls, the breeze gently brushing through the trees, and the mountains across the valley all add up to a truly captivating site. The only thing that let it down was the wreck of the stone circle itself . Four stones are still upstanding, one on it's own and on the other side of the track are the three low stones set into the old wall. But I could detect with not much certainty other fallen stones, being consumed by the hardy grasses and stone hiding mosses. We freed them from their slumber. But the site still remained stubbornly confusing, so confusing that I had no idea that it was a concentric circle like the druids circle above Ulveston. By the time we left I thought I'd got a handle on the site until I got home read up on the other notes and appreciated the place a new.
I must return, perhaps in winter but before the snow comes.
postman Posted by postman
24th September 2013ce
Edited 24th September 2013ce

Comments (5)

Glad you found it ok Postie.
Like you, I really liked it here. Enjoyed looking at your photos - happy memories!
Not far from the road - but far enough.
Posted by CARL
25th September 2013ce
As am I Carl, it's a very pleasant place, and shockingly, not in Wales. postman Posted by postman
25th September 2013ce
How is this not better known? Cracking. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
25th September 2013ce
Don't know, coming back to the car after, two blokes told us to watch out for traffic they drive real crazy up that road, there was no traffic at all. Nice of them to say so though. postman Posted by postman
25th September 2013ce
Perhaps they have a different view of driving "real crazy" round there. Perhaps the Dukes of Hazzard live round the corner. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
26th September 2013ce
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