Stone Circle via Great Wood Keswick

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Lake District National Park

Stone Circle via Great Wood Keswick is a 6.7 mile loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length6.7 miElevation gain951 ftRoute typeLoop
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There are numerous car parking opportunities in Keswick, if you know where to look you can park for free. This route takes you alongside the lake for the first part of the walk. A lot of work has been carried out along the shore and it is now a pleasant area just to sit and watch the world go by. The path takes you to Friars Crag; a seat can be found there and on good days a good place to soak up the sun as well as great views down into Borrowdale. On the Friars Crag promontory there is a monument to John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was an English art critic and social thinker, also remembered as a poet. He described the view as one of the three or four most beautiful views in Europe. In later life he lived at Brantwood on the shores of Coniston Water. In Calf Close Bay, there is a rock sculpture placed there to commemorate the Centenary of the National Trust in the Lake District. Carved out of a boulder of volcanic rock from the Borrowdale Valley, the unusual design represents ten segments across ten rings, a century. The high range of lake levels means a variation from total submergence to standing marooned high on the shore. A memorial plaque is set beside the path. Leaving the shore, cross the road and head into Great Wood. The climb up through the wood is gradual. The next destination is the Neolithic monument at Castle Rig stone circle. No one can say for certain what the circle was used for. Some say it was a place of worship, others that it was a solar clock and yet others say it was just a meeting place. The only thing that is certain is that early man had an eye for a view.

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Alan Stout
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Wouldn’t fancy descent down cat gill if wet!!

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Ashten JH
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HikingGreat!Muddy

We parked at Great Wood NT car park and followed the NT signs for the gradual climb then the steeper climb up to Walla Crag - a great section of the trail with amazing views over Derwent Water - rejoining the trail for Castle Rigg stone circle before finishing at the lake side. A few gates and styles to muster but very easy to navigate.

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Ryan Parry
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Ben Acton
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Great route. We decided to extend it slightly and follow the national trust signs for walla crag gradual route to get to the top then joined the route on the way back down. Stunning views from the top. Stone circle was good and a nice walk through some fields with sheep and horses which was a nice break up from the hills on the crag. Ice cream van at the stone circle car park but cash only :-( Very dog friendly also.

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Joseph Phipps
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