Blakely Rise stone circle (Kinniside)
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Cumbria has several imposing stone circles, of which Castlerigg is the best known. One of the least visited circles is Blakely Rise (otherwise known as Blakely Raise, or Kinniside). This small circle is composed of 11 stones. The tallest measures only 1.5 metres in height, but most of the stones are quite a bit smaller. There are possible entrances in the circle at the south and north-west.
The circle is set on a natural terrace known as Blakely Moss, immediately to the west of the minor road stretching from Ennerdale Bridge south towards Hailes. Access involves nothing more than pulling over to the side of the road. The circle is set in open moorland, with excellent views to be had all around. The circle is about 18 metres in diameter.
Blakely Rise is not as it was originally built. The circle was reconstructed in 1925, and the base of the stones set in concrete. We do not know how accurate this reconstruction is to the original; in fact some writers have suggested that the stone circle is not original at all, but is a modern replica. The really appealing aspect of this small stone circle is the setting, with moorland and open-topped hills in all directions. If the weather is clear you can see as far as the Isle of Man.
Take the road leading from Ennerdale Bridge towards Cleator Moor. The road follows the course of the river. At Longmoor turn right and carry on for a mile, over a cattle grid, and you will see the stone circle ahead and to your left. There is no dedicated parking area; just pull off onto the verge.
Prehistoric sites in Cumbria
About Blakely Rise stone circle
Address: Ennerdale Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Just off the minor road south of Ennerdale Bridge towards Hailes. Easy parking on the roadside.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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