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Just two miles east of Keswick is one of the most dramatic and atmospheric stone circles in Britain. It dates from about 2000 BC, and, like many of these ancient stone sites, its original purpose remains unknown. There are 38 stones in the circle itself, with a further 10 in the centre, and the circle is dramatically situated – surrounded by high fells, with Helvellyn to the southeast. Made of volcanic Borrowdale rock, brought here by the glaciers of the Ice Age, the construction is actually oval in shape, 107 feet across at its widest point. The name of the stone circle means ‘the fort on the ridge’, though no evidence of any fort exists here.

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Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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