GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Swinside Stone Circle

2 miles (3 km)

This walk visits the Swinside Stone Circle north of Millom in Cumbria.
You can follow a track north west from Cragg Hall for about a mile to reach this mysterious, ancient site. There is some limited parking at the start of the track. It's a very pleasant trail with fine views of the surrounding Lakeland hills and countryside.
The site was constructed as a part of amegalithictradition that lasted from 3,300 to 900 BC. It was built from local slate, with the ring consisting of 55 stones and having a diameter of about 93ft (26m). It's a beautiful, remote spot with the Lake District mountains making a fine backdrop to the atmospheric stones.
The circle sits just to the east of Black Combe Hill where you can enjoy fine views over the countryside and coast.

Postcode

LA18 5LD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Swinside Stone Circle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Swinside Stone Circle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head east to nearby Broughton in Furness and you could enjoy some post walk refreshment at the noteworthy Old Kings Head. This historic pub dates back to the 16th century. The fine restaurant is decorated to commemorate Henry’s six wives and boasts original features from when the building was a coach house. There's also a lovely large garden area for warmer days. You can find them on Church Street at postcode LA20 6HJ. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south towards Millom and you could pick up the Cumbria Coastal Way and look out for the wildlife at the lovely Hodbarrow Lakes Nature Reserve.
To see other stone circles in the area head to Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick and Long Meg near Penrith.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.

Photos

Start of the track to Swinside - geograph.org.uk - 572878

Start of the track to Swinside

Cattle grid on track to Swinside - geograph.org.uk - 573323

Cattle grid on track

Swinside stone circle - geograph.org.uk - 572931

Swinside stone circle

Northern segment of stone circle - geograph.org.uk - 572946

Northern segment of stone circle

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Swinside Stone Circle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Swinside Stone Circle.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)