Lake District Chronicles: 6

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

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Woodland at the beginning of the walk

I’d wanted to go to Keswick for weeks, but just kept getting drawn elsewhere… plus, it is 3 hours on the bus! But I finally made it! It began as a beautiful, warm September day – perfect for walking.

My first stop was the Tourist Information centre in Keswick, where I bought a couple of maps: one being the route to Castlerigg Stone circle.

The route begins conveniently at the Tourist information centre and wanders through the centre of town before turning off past a row of houses to suddenly find yourself in woodland.

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View across to Catbells

You soon come across a farmhouse, where there is a Tea room – which I have never tried but if you have, let me know!

Then you begin to climb through the trees, alongside the river. As you climb there are flashes of the gorgeous view down to Keswick and Derwent Water.

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View across Derwent Water

After crossing a bridge and a road, you suddenly find yourself in open countryside. Walking across the fields, you get fantastic views of Blencathra and Skiddaw to the left and the beginning of the Helvellyn range on your right.

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View across Derwent Water towards Catbells
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The beginning of the Helvellyn range
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View towards Skiddaw
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View towards Blencathra

Turning left when reaching the gate; it was a boggy walk in the gorgeous sunshine until reaching the road, which you need to cross to get onto the final stretch.

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Castlerigg Stone Circle, view towards Helvellyn range
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Castlerigg Stone Circle, view towards Blencathra

Once you reach the stone circle, there is this incredible feeling of calm. I just sat on the grass looking at it for hours, taking it all in. Then I went for a little wander around and a closer look at the stones. There was something romantic about the place and I could easily have stayed longer, but clouds were starting to draw in so I decided to head back.

I took a different route back into Keswick – and naturally got a little lost almost ending up in Penrith… Thankfully a couple of walkers pointed me in the right direction!

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Walking back along the railway line

The walk back along the railway line was lovely and I got to the bus station just in time.

 

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