Swinside, Cumbria (England)

SD 172 882 - British Sheet 96

Nearest town: Millom


A large circle of some 55 stones enclose a perfectly circular space 27 metres in diameter.
The tallest stone (a tapering 2.4 metres high) at the N side (on the extreme left)
matches a flat-topped stone on the S side (on the right of the picture, marked by a bullock on the hillside above):
an early example of 'male' and 'female' stones ?


The same view in snow, photographed by Rob Evans.


A wide-angle view from the NNW, photographed by Rowan Morrison and showing
the two opposing stones.


Swinside is also known as Sunkenkirk because of a legend that a church built here by day
was dragged into the chthonic underworld at night by the Devil.


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