|Name of walk||Sunkenkirk Stone Circle|
|Date of walk||2011-02-28|
Looking back to the Duddon Estuary from the track.
Looking along the track to Swinside Fell and Swinside Farm. The stone circle is just beyond the shadow.
White Combe and Swinside Fell.
Sunkenkirk Stone Circle. Late Neolithic-early Bronze Age. About 3000 BC. Brendan, centre, slightly younger! The track we walked up is beyond. There are 55 stones, 32 still standing. Originally there would have been 60. The stones are made from local metamorphic slate. The tallest stone is just over 2m. It is supposed to be one of Europe`s most significant neolithic monuments, but it has no sign post and no information board......and hence no tourists! Wonderful!!!
The entrance to the circle.
The name "Sunkenkirk" comes from the legend that the stones were originally to be used for the building of a church (kirk). Everytime they tried to build the church, the Devil caused the stones to sink into the ground creating the circle, hence the name.
As with a number of circles, any stones that have fallen have done so by curiously falling inwards, into the circle.