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hill with views of Skid­daw, Blen­cathra, High Rigg and Clough Head. The 98ft (30m) di­am­e­ter cir­cle com­prises 38 stones; within that is a rect­an­gle of 10 more. Its pur­pose is un­known: it was pos­si­bly a trad­ing post, a meet­ing place or even an astronomical ob­ser­va­tory – the stones are aligned to the sun, moon and stars. Cast­lerigg is about a mile east of Keswick; make a loop walk from the town’s mar­ket square.

Free; open year-round (0370 333 1181; english-her­itage.org. uk/visit/places/cast­lerigg-stonecir­cle/) Set on the slopes of a shal­low val­ley, gaz­ing out to­wards the sea, the well-pre­served re­mains of this near-2,000-year-old Cor­nish set­tle­ment of­fer an in­sight into daily life in the Iron Age. You can walk along the main street and around the clus­ter of stone-walled court­yard houses, and peek into the fo­gou, an un­der­ground pas­sage that might have been used for stor­age, shel­ter or rit­u­als. There are lovely walks in the sur­round­ing coun­try­side, and more fo­gous to be found at the nearby sites of Carn Euny An­cient Vil­lage and Hal­lig­gye.

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