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Leaze (Stone Circle)

Couldn't get too near to this circle, mainly due to the presence of a herd of long horned cattle which scred the s*** out of me! Couldn't see any udders and long grass which soaked my trousers. Its there though, but you have to climb over fences to get there.

Emblance Downs (Stone Circle)

Sadly destroyed double circle to the east of King Arthur's Hall, just by the dry stone wall. Only one stone remains upright and it is not easy to work out which stones belonged to which circle.

King Arthur's Hall (Stone Setting)

Never seen anything like this before! Took lunch here (corned beef butties and lucazade) before carrying on to Leaze and beyond.
A rectangular arrangement surrounded by a earth mound and full of marsh plants.

Fernacre (Stone Circle)

Fernacre is reached around the back of Rough Tor, just past the settlement at the base of the Tor.
Hard to see at first coming out of the mist and stones confused with cows ans sheep and there it is, Rough Tor behind, Brown Willy in front.
Louden Hill q.v. is just about visible on the top of the hill to the west.
Many stones lie on the floor, others broken but the circle is there.
Follw the path up to Louden Hill and Stannon beyond.

Stannon (Stone Circle)

Lovely little circle which can be seen from Louden Hill (q.v.). Nearly all stones seem to be present if a little on the small side
there is an alignment of four strange stones inbetween Stannon and Louden Hill.
The immediate surroundiings are somewhat spoiled by the huge china clay mine to the north.

Castlerigg (Stone Circle)

The best thing about Castlerigg is the amazing setting - on a plateau high above Keswick, surrounded by mountains.
Went up at 10pm and was surrounded by dozens of bats as we climbed up the steep road. the serenity was only spoiled by an RAF Hercules flying low level over us, but even that was beautiful in its ancient/modern crossover kinda way...
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