National Geographic : 1956 Apr
© National Geographic Society + "... Like a Dismal Cirque of Druid Stones, upon a Forlorn Moor," Wrote John Keats Many have attributed Castlerigg Stone Circle to the Druids. Actually the 38 stones, surrounding an inner ring of 10, compose a Bronze Age relic erected long before those ancient Nature worshipers set up their open-air temples. The crude monuments appear to have been shrines rather than grave markers. Helvellyn looms on the skyline (page 536). "... Walking Down by Sour Milk Ghyll... + When the Water Is Whiter Than Snow" Page 539: Hikers repeat the action of a character from Walpole's The Fortress. The cascade, one of sev eral with the same name, flows near Borrowdale. Wordsworth seems to have coined his own spelling of "gill," a deep rocky cleft containing a stream. + A chaffinch lights on the hand of the caretaker of Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth and De Quincey.