Alexander Thom L1/6E         Class II Survey

Construction: Type A flattened circle the same size and shape as Castle Rigg (Ll/1). Diameter 104.5 ft = 38.4 my. Perimeter 117.4 my = 47.0 mr. There are five cairns inside, with diameter 14 to 19 ft with a deep hole in the centre of each. Probably changes of radius are marked and nearly all 30° points. An ellipse drawn through four of the inner rings with the major axis passing through the fifth has a major axis 26 my, minor axis 18.0 my with a perimeter 69.7 my.


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Aubrey Burl (Cumberland 4)

This is the largest of a group of 5 rings on Burn Moor, a plateau in the W of the Lake District. It stands at 256 m O.D. Most of the stones are local granite. A few come from the nearby Scafell region. 9 of about an original 42 still stand. All are low. The ring measures 104 ft 6 ins x 97 ft (31.9 x 29.6 m).

Five cairns, each with 14 kerbstones, lie inside the ring. An .excavation in 1827 showed that 2 had crude cists of 5 stones with fthe remains of burnt bones with fragments of the horns of the stag and other animal remains'. 3 cairns were unexamined. All the cairns could be later additions.

A low outlier stands 10 m from the NW circumference of the ring.


Williams, PSAL 3, 1856, 225-6.

W. Dymond, JBAA 34, 1878, 35-6. T. Clare, TCWAAS 75, 1975, 9-11. A. Burl (1976), 92-7.