Castlerigg Stone Circle
OS grid reference NY291-236
Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. The stone circle is on the level top of a low hill with views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.
Leave Keswick by the A66 in the direction of Penrith. The circle is accessed by following the brown monument signs on minor roads. Car parking is in a lay-by opposite the gate into the circle.
What to Shoot
Castlerigg can be quite awkward to photograph as it’s set up on a mound and is very wide. You can try to get the whole of the circle in but this is only really successful if there is mist in the Naddell Valley behind it, snowy conditions or dramatic skies. Alternately, you can get in close and capture just a few of the stones along with the long shadows that they cast. Sunrise and sunset are by far the best times to shoot but you will not be alone here whatever the time of day. You will need to jostle for position amongst all the other photographers and tripods that litter the place. Note that it is no longer possible to go inside the circle itself as this has now been roped off.