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Castlerigg (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Our yearly visit to Cumbria, a regular pilgrimage for that last 25 years, is only complete witha visit to Castlerigg. Driving to it through Keswick it always seems as though it will be too close to the town, but on finding it the sky and the earth seem to open up.
The view is incredible, with the fells as the backdrop, and the inevitable cloud performing their drama above. It always rains when I am there, but we hug the stones and get drenched, such is the beauty of the place.
To understand why the earth and elemental forces have been worshipped you need only stand in the centre of Castlerigg and look out. If we can feel the awe in our shrink-wrapped modern world it can only have been more impressive back when the stones were laid.
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