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Keswick and Castlerigg.

May 17, 2010

As the Windermere Brathay marathon was on, we decided to go in the opposite direction and have a look at the Keswick Jazz Festival. Many venues throughout the town had live jazz on.

Keswick town centre.

The Jennings JazzDray was parked in the centre with free Jazz all day, and free Jennings tastings if you timed it right!

Jennings JazzDray Keswick

After watching for a bit we made our way to The Lakeland Pedlar for something to eat. Highly recommended if you are looking for a Vegetarian snack it’s a great Wholefood cafe.

This way to the Lakeland Pedlar.

Having run out of time parking wise we decided to park beside Bassenthwaite Lake and see if we could spot the Lakeland Ospreys flying about.

Looking towards Dodd wood, Bassenthwaite.

No sign of the Ospreys but lots of fishermen about and a few “twitchers” looking for the Ospreys as well.

Tree framed Bassenthwaite Lake.

Although it was almost time to go home, we always go past Castlerigg Stone Circle as it is the most magical place. Standing on Chestnut hill, it is the raised centre of a natural amphitheatre.

The Hills around Castlerigg.

Views from the stone circle include Skiddaw, Blencathra, Lowscale Fell and Hellvelyn.

Castlerigg Stone Circle Keswick.

38 stones in a circle of 30metres diameter, the tallest stone is 2.3metres high.

Castlerigg stone circle.

The circle is owned by the National Trust and maintained by English Heritage. It was probably built around 3000BC, the beginning of the Neolithic Period.

Interpretive Board Castlerigg.

It doesn’t matter which direction you look in the views are stunning.

General view Castlerigg.

Castlerigg view.

What made this visit so enjoyable was all the little lambs playing amongst the stones.

Hide and Seek.

I especially enjoyed these two playing hide and seek amongst the stones.

From → Lake District

One Comment
  1. akateraka permalink

    Few places have ever spoken to me as intimately as Castlerigg… Thank you so much for your lovely blog.

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