|In his most excellent book The Stone Circles of Cumbria, John Waterhouse records the following
"Knipe Scar is an elevated area of limestone 5km north-west of Shap. Simpson, writing in the middle of the 19th century, reported the presence of 3 sets of concentric stone circles on or near Knipe Scar. One was found to contain charcoal and burnt earth. The exact locations of the circles were not given, and they appear no longer to exist".
Waterhouse fails to record the Shapbeck Plantation circle in his book which makes me wonder if this could possibly be one of the lost circles.
As for the Knipe Moor circle Waterhouse places this comment in the postscript to his book.
"Also not included (in the book) is the circle of boulders on the limestone pavement of Knipe Scar near Shap. This site is a circular enclosure about 15m in diameter seemingly made by re-arranging some of the numerous blocks of limestone on the top of the hill. Although the site is labelled 'stone circle' on Ordnance Survey maps, it appears to be entirely different from the sort of sites described in this book".
The Stone Circles of Cumbria
Pub. Phillimore & Co Ltd.
Posted by fitzcoraldo
14th July 2005ce