Shap – Gunnerkeld Stone Circle
To the north east of Shap the M6 motorway climbs along a valley towards Shap Summit on Hardendale Fell. Here only a few metres from the motorway is the Gunnerkeld Stone Circle.
This is an impressive site and well worth a visit, though it is on private land and permission must be obtained from the landowner. It is easily reached from the minor road from Strickland to Castlehowe, and involves a short walk along the track to Gunnerwell Farm.
Gunnerkeld consists of two concentric circles, the inner one being in better condition. There are two large stones to the N which may be entrance portals and a very large stone to the SSW. The inner ring is approximately 18 metres in diameter, and is more complete than the outer ring which measures 28 metres in diameter.
Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.
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