Most visitors will thrill to the majestic setting for this stone circle. It’s on a natural plateau that overlooks a valley and is encircled by the Cumbrian hills and mountains. I was lucky to get the first shot with a blue sky: mist soon rolled in and the sky turned overcast.
A military jet zipping through the hills and valleys of this wild, out of the way place for training created interesting juxtapositions: flying vs earthed; motion and dexterity vs weight and mass; man made vs natural; contemporary vs megalithic. Strangely the jet didn’t feel out of place, just a different type of harnessed power.
For the Castlerigg stone circle, one of the earliest in Britain, seems poised for something. We’ll never know what. The designer mind – perhaps an individual, perhaps a collective – from over 5,000 years ago clearly had a rapt awareness of natural beauty.
Words often fail us – or separate us. Whatever words were once spoken here lacked the strength to travel down the ages. Luckily the ‘mind’ harnessed sky, land and stones in a way that speaks to everyone who has passed by since – or will pass by in the future – no matter what their language or religion.
It seems pretty clear what is said.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Castlerigg, Cumbria CA12 4TE