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Kinniside Stone Circle

A Restored Stone Circle With Fantastic Views

Kinniside stone circle, on Blakely Raise is a lovely little stone circle on the edge of the Western Lakeland Fells. It has been sympathetically restored and with excellent views. This is one of the easiest of the Cumbrian circles to access sitting right by the roadside.

Not long after the First World War, a restoration job was accomplished by a working party. Having cleaned out and measured the sockets in the ground in which the stones were originally set,they searched for and located-the original twelve stones,and completely restored the site. Today the circle is exactly as it was when first laid out, thousands of years ago.

This circle used to be omitted from Ordnance Survey maps. The reason seems to be that at the time of the early surveys, the Kinniside Stone Circle was non-existent, all stones having long been taken by a local farmer for use as gateposts and building materials.

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

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Kinniside Stone Circle
Kinniside Stone Circle

The circle has a diameter of about 15 metres and consists of 11 smallish stones with the tallest only about a metre tall and has possible entrances to the south and northwest. The site was partly restored by a Doctor Quine of Frizington. Whether or not he erected the stones in their original stone holes is unclear, and it is unlikely that all of the re-erected stones come from the original circle.

From the circle there is a clear view to the coast at Whitehaven, and beyond to Scotland and the Isle of man. To the east, the land rises to the summit of Blakely Raise (350 m).

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