Gamelands Stone Circle
Gamelands Stone Circle
A recumbent stone circle lying at the foot of Knott Scar, one mile east of the village of Orton, in the west of Cumbria's Eden Valley. The stones form a flattened circle, or oval, about 45 x 38 metres in circumference. There were originally 40 stones, but of these only 33 remain.
None are terribly large, with the tallest only 1 metre high. All are composed of local Shap granite. Some sources suggest that the stones have fallen, but a survey in 1966 concluded that it was impossible to tell whether the stones had ever, in fact, been upright.

English Heritage calls Gamelands a 'Neolithic embanked stone circle'. I don't know where they found the banks, for they are not obviously visible. Excavations in the centre of the circle during the Victorian period unearthed a possible burial cist. The setting is wonderful, with views across the Eden Valley to the foothills of the North Pennines, and the limestone pavement of Knott Scar above the circle.

Be aware that the circle is on private land. It is, however, very easy to view from Knott Lane.