Monthly Archives: August 2011

the future, stars and giants

this week i went and camped up on top of harter fell in the duddon valley. in many ways an unspectacular mountain in terms of size, difficulty and reputation but it is still one of my favourites. i have memories … Continue reading

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the sunken chapel

this is sunkenkirk stone circle on the eastern slopes of blackcombe just below swinside fell. i don’t think anyone really knows exactly why the stones were put here or what they were used for but its a wonderful place to … Continue reading

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the devil fools

local legend has it that the circle was once intended as the site of an early church, but each night after a hard days sweat and toil, the devil would arrive and sink the stones down into the earth and … Continue reading

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mystic round

that mystic round of druid fame, tardily sinking by its proper weight, deep into patient earth, from whose smooth breast it came william wordsworth the river duddon sonnets

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break the magic

like with many stone circles the stones of sunkenkirk are said to be uncountable, as to count the stones of a circle is to brake its magic, but sat there waiting for the sun its hard not to have a … Continue reading

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arrive in darkness

after dragging myself out of bed at half past three and stealing out into the cold, quite night it was still dark when i arrived at sunkenkirk. i sat down to wait for the sun to arrive. i then noticed … Continue reading

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ruins of rome

the rising sun flames on the ruins in the purer air towering aloft john dyer 1740

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lean to

at some point during the nineteenth century a number of the stones were toppled to make way for a barn. however upon hearing of the destruction the owner of the estate ordered work to stop and for any stones to … Continue reading

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mater et pater

if you look beyond the flowers in the foreground of this picture you can see the largest stone in the circle. it is aligned due north and directly across the circle from it at due south is another large stone. … Continue reading

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lights out

this is just before dawn at about four o’clock looking across morecambe bay. its strange that when we leave a room we turn the lights out but when we all go to bed the lights in our towns and cities … Continue reading

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