: The Potter Fell Ring Cairn
20th April 2019
my birthday, Margaret bought me a small
book by David Watson entitled:
Guide to the
STONE CIRCLES OF THE LAKE
thought it would provide inspiration for
new walks, or put a different, more enlightened
slant on places already visited.
my birthday, Emma decided that she, Luca
and Ellie would take me for a picnic at
a venue of my choice.
I combine the two ideas?
answer is: Almost.
Potter Fell there is a stone circle. I know this
from having visited it on BOOTboys
To be technical, it is probably a Ring Cairn in
which case it could date from 2000 BC. But it
is not mentioned in the book, hence "Almost".
Plus the fact that unfortunately Margaret was
unable to join us.
on Potter Fell is an upright stone with a plaque that
This four acre site
within the four boundary
stones was awarded in perpetuity
to the parish of Strickland
Roger by the Enclosures Act of 1838
for the inhabitants
of that and neighbouring parishes for recreation and
on Potter Fell is one of my favourite tarns, Gurnal
Dubbs (although again to be technical it is a reservoir,
designed originally for the mills down in Burneside).
a nice day, it is an excellent place for a picnic. Today
was indeed a nice day.
parked on the Potter Fell Road, near Larch Bank. Luca
was given the task of navigating us to the enclosure
and, I have to say I was proud of him and his navigational
skills. He checked for every wall, every stream
and every junction and unerringly brought us to the
read the wording on the plaque to us, we set off to
discover the four boundary stones. As the bracken
was dead and flattened, it was a much easier task than
it had been when I was there with the BOOTboys.
we were at Gurnal Dubbs where the priority was finding
a place to enjoy the feast that Emma had brought for
us. Magnificent. No wonder her rucksack
was so heavy. The only thing missing was a birthday
candle on the cake. To be more accurate, it wasn't
actually missing. We decided it might not be safe
to light it as the ground was so dry that the heather
and bracken might easily catch fire.
feasted, we festered.
and Ellie were enjoying skimming stones and I must admit,
so was I. We saw buzzards being driven off by
crows; also a heron, and several curlews.
we decided it was time to resume our quest for the stone
circle. We knew it was more or less directly across
the Dubbs, somewhere in the heathered hill hopposite.
passing the boathouse and crossing the weir we let the
sat nav take us directly to the ring cairn stone circle.
It is not the most dramatic I have ever seen,
it has only about 20 low stones but a stone circle it
most definitely is.
returned along the bridle path, once again passing the
Low Taggleshaw plaque and its adjacent stone. We
noticed that the stone appeared to have an indistinct
carving on it. On closer inspection, Emma thought
that it might be the same symbol as used on el Camino
de Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim's walking route
to Santiago. Now back home and able to consult
Uncle Google, I think it more likely to be a surveyor's
mark to determine elevation above sea level. But
other feature deserves mention, as seen before we returned
through the fields to the car. In the near distance
is a perfectly circular small hill, quartered by stone
this have historical significance? Is it a pre-historic
burial chamber? Or a symbol for an alien visitor?
Or simply a residue of the last ice-age?
research needed! But not until Margaret and I
have properly investigated the Stone Circles of the