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Giant's Grave (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

First of all, don't trust the Ordnance Survey map, it claims the cairn circle is on the other side of the road. Being stupid, I went tramping through the thick ferns there before realising that the nice open area where I had conveniently parked on the other side of the road is where the circle actually is. Oops.

To find the circle, travel west along the A5092, and after going through Gawthwaite (don't blink) and before getting to Grizebeck, take the little lane on the right. Travel down here for a while, passing the Birch Bank caravan and camping park on the right, and the circle is in a clearing on the left at the top of a steep rise, and before the lane goes steeply downwards. Today the circle was hidden from view of the lane by a clump of ferns on one side (my excuse for not spotting it straight away) but has a nice, clear, grassy area around the circle which, judging by the odd cigarette butt, is used by SOMEONE.

It is a pretty little circle, with some interesting rocks showing through the turf - some quartz rocks, some looking strangely bark-like in texture. The rabbits clearly enjoy it and something had feasted well judging by the clean white bone in one hollow.

The views are beautiful. It lies just under a hillock, and has views out over distant peaks. A lovely spot on an isolated road.

Boscawen-Un (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

After a disastrous time trying to find the circle last summer I was heartened to hear that a pathway had been cleared. But I have to admit to feeling a little sad at the quite obvious wooden sign put up in the layby on the A30. When we did finally find it last year it was totally isolated and so tranquil. I didn't want that spoilt by hoardes of coach tours or the like. I needn't have worried, as the circle wove its magic once more.

It really is so much easier to get to now, though. Parking in the layby you simply walk down the clear path until at the bottom it branches both ways to go around the circle itself, the entrance to the clearing being just on the left. The walk only takes a couple of minutes and is not taxing in the slightest. (Even for me!)

The weather was putting on its best show for us, and the circle was dressed in bluebells inside and outside. Even my two non-stoney friends were impressed!

The Plague Market At Merrivale (Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>The Plague Market At Merrivale</b>Posted by BeakerUK
I am a simple being, really: a highly stressed primary teacher who is never happier than when all alone in the middle of nowhere with some big stones. Or at least as close as I can get to that considering strenuous walking is a bit beyond me and those other darned people who like to visit such places when I am looking for a bit of peace and quiet!

Having been visiting the Penrith area of Cornwall pretty much all my life, I am a bit ashamed to admit that it is only very recently that I have been disocvering the megalithic sites there, with Boscawen un high on my list of favourites.

But I have now discovered the Lake District and live within day-trip reach. And Castlerigg has become my favourite place on the planet (so far, closely followed by Mayburgh Henge "But it's so BIG!")

However, after calling me whilst on a trip around the countryside on my 18th birthday, and having called me back many times since, the Rollright Stones will always have a special place in my heart.

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