Gamelands Circle
Neolithic Stone Circle
East of Orton, Cumbria  OS Map Ref NY640082
OS Maps - Landranger 91 (Appleby-in-Westmorland), Explorer OL19 (Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley)

Gamelands Stone Circle - Looking South
Looking south to the circle with Langdale Fell, West Fell and Ravenstonedale beyond.
Next to a trackway about halfway between Orton and Raisbeck, Gamelands circle stands on a plateau of land in the shadow of Knott Hill and Great Asby Scar and is though to be a fairly early stone circle dating from the middle to late Neolithic. Consisting of 43 boulders, all but one being of a local pink granite with the exception being a single block of limestone which is located towards the south, this flattened circle measures 42 metres by 35 metres and was contained within an earthen bank. It is possible that there was also a central burial cist.
The stones themselves were pulled to the ground during the 1860's when the whole site was ploughed, and many of the stones in the southern arc are now missing. Despite this, Gamelands is still a beautiful circle in a dramatic setting.
Gamelands Stone Circle - Looking Northeast
Looking northeast to Knott Hill and Asby Scar

360 Degree Panorama

Back to Map | Home | Full Glossary | Links | Email: