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A Guide to the Stone Circles of Cumbria  

 

Winner of the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition at the 2009 Lakeland Book of the Year Awards

About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-27-4

  • Second enhanced edition published November 2016

  • Price £24.00 + postage

  • Hardback

  • 168 pages

  • Illustrated with 132 photographs and plans

This attractive guide now in its second enhanced edition is the first overview of its kind to be published for many years and benefits from previously unpublished research. The guide will take the reader on an exciting journey of discovery into these enigmatic monuments and their incomparable landscapes so beloved by the Romantics.
The book lists in detail some 50 sites and is superbly illustrated with colour photographs, plans and rare antiquarian plates. The guide also provides the most extensive gazetteer of stone circles yet published, many of which have now disappeared from the landscape. Each site entry in the guide is given the necessary information to enable the visitor to locate the circles. It also explains the historic landscape of the circles and its significant features. It is hoped that this guide will provide a resource which will appeal to the general reader, visitors and all students of prehistory. The first edition was published in 2008 and is now out of print.

Robert Farrah’s main interests are hill walking, mountaineering and prehistory, which have combined to provide a unique insight and understanding of these mysterious monuments – the stone circles. His special interests are archaeology and astronomy. He published his first article on the subject The Megalithic Astronomy of Lundy in the early 1990s, the result of research with the late Professor Gerald S. Hawkins. His articles have contributed significant original research and have appeared in various journals worldwide. He has lived in Cumbria since 1984 and has acted as a guide to the stone circles for many antiquarian and archaeological societies and various local authorities. Farrah continues to engage in fieldwork and research on the Cumbrian stone circles.

Reviews:

In this, the first comprehensive gazetteer of Cumbrian stone circles to be published for many years, Robert Farrah reveals that these enigmatic places are not only the province of archaeology or the imagination. Stone circles are out there in the landscape to be visited and experienced first hand, and this guide is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to make their own journeys to these remarkable monuments, writes Aaron Watson.

Mixing evocative description, excellent photographs and antiquarian plates with objective detail, Robert Farrah has produced an attractive book on a subject not published in a single volume for 23 years.
In re-introducing the area's ancient stone circles to the general reader, and presenting a wealth of succinct detail for the enthusiast, the author has also provided an impetus and exciting alternative focus for days out exploring fells, moors and valleys.
The book provides descriptions and plans of more than 50 of these enigmatic stone monuments, with details of accessibility, location and site elevations, walking distance from parking areas and a description of terrain approaching the site... The gazetteer records all known circles in our area and specific and general bibliographies complement the text.
Westmorland Gazette,


Long Meg and Her Daughters is the largest stone circle in Cumbria and the sixth largest in the country. This enigmatic disposition of rocks, 69 standing stones arranged in an approximate circle, has been a source of wonder to people throughout the ages, no doubt from the days that it was first assembled in Neolithic times...
Robert Farrah is an intimate of the stone circles and has sought to tap their inner mysteries. He has provided a comprehensive and useful guide to the location of all the stone circles to be found in the county.
The stones, I suspect, will remain as silent and enigmatic as they have always been.

Steve Matthews, Times and Star, 2008

The success of a display held in Penrith Museum a few years ago, is said to have been the inspiration for an attractive new book which provides a unique insight into Cumbria's most ancient monuments - stone circles, dating back some 6,000 years.... Castlerigg, near Keswick, is said to be 'the most visited' of Cumbria's circles and, also, one of the earliest, dating back to the late Neolithic period, around 3200BC.... The 166-page book is rich in illustrations, many of them in colour. John Hurst, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, 2008.

 

 

 

 

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