On Monday, our last full day in the Lake District, we started with a visit to the Castlerigg Stone Circle. Later, we would take a hike along the western shore of Derwent Water, returning to Keswick via water taxi. And after dinner outside at The Derwentwater Hotel, I would take a solo hike up a fell called Cat Bells to get some sunset shots.
The Castlerigg Stone Circle is believed to have been constructed in the Neolithic period, around the year 3200 B.C. Although its purpose remains unknown, from its perch on an impressive 700 ft plateau just east of the town of Keswick, Castlerigg occupies the stage of a massive natural amphitheater, formed by the peaks of Helvellyn (3117 ft) to the southwest, Skiddaw (3000 ft) to the northwest, Grasmoor (2795 ft) to the west, and Blencathra (2848 ft) to the northeast. This view, looking south, shows High Seat (1995 ft), which is about 3.8 miles away. The Castlerigg site is accessible from Keswick via small farm roads.