The farmer, on whose land The Beacon lies, referred to the spot as the Druid's Circle. It is useful that the Ordnance Survey did not use that name for two thirds of the stone circles in Britain when they came to record them for plotting on maps. We were universally pleased with the polite and helpful reception we got from all the Cumbrian farmers whilst photographing these circles.

The Beacon - Cumbria

As you can see from the photograph above, no truly erect stones now remain at the Beacon. The flat cleared area is a shelf cut into te hill side, common in circles across the country. It appears the builders wanted good views, hence choosing mountainside locations, but also level ground (maybe they wanted to play marbles?).

View from the Beacon - Cumbria

Talking of views, this is what can be seen stood in the circle. Reason enough for building it here. One or two fallen half buried stones are visible but nothing much can be construed from them. The slightly raised rim of the platfrom where the circle stood implies this may have been an embanked stone circle.