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Langdale’s Ancient Boulder Carvings (Copt Howe)

Resting in a field in Great Langdale are a few large boulders that are popular among rock climbers. On one of these boulders there is what is known to be prehistoric rock art, known as ‘cup & ring circles. These are believed to be linked to the near by Langdale axe factory that lies on Pike Of Stickle, it is over 4,000 years old.

The meaning of the designs remains unknown, but they may be interpreted as sacred symbols. Frequently they are found close to burial monuments and the symbols are also found on portable stones placed directly next to burials or incorporated in burial mounds.

They are located 250m south of Harry Place. Very limited parking on the side of the road near the gate into the field. The nearest village is Chapel Stile 1 mile away. There is also parking down the road at Sickle Ghyll car park next to Sticklebarn Tavern.

NOTE: This is a protected site, please DO NOT touch.

Find out more in the website link to historic Englands site on the right.

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