The cockpit

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The Cockpit is a stone circle on a small plateau in the northwest of Divock Moor in Penrith near Askham in Cumbria in England .

The stone circle in Askham and Barton Fell stands at the intersection of the M6 ​​and the A66, which exists today and where important trade routes already crossed in the Bronze Age . Britain's Bronze Age lasted almost 1500 years and it is difficult to date the stone circle as it has features from the Early and Late Bronze Ages. Its stones are in a low embankment, which indicates a late date. It is more than 28.0 m in diameter and 75 stones, of which more than 20 are about 1.0 m high, which indicates an early date. The Castlerigg stone circle dates back to the Neolithic Age , but has similarities with The Cockpit.

One theory of construction is that instead of digging a hole for each stone, the land was leveled and a complete circle dug up. The stones were leaned against the edge and finally the central area was refilled.

The circle might have had a double ring of stones, but only one ring survived in most places, with a double circle segment on the northwest side. A gap in the western arch could have formed the entrance. There is also a possible access to the northeast.

To the south are the Cockpit Cairns.


  • Audrey Burl: A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany . Yale University Press, New Haven 2000, ISBN 978-0-300-08347-7 .

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Coordinates: 54 ° 35 ′ 33.7 "  N , 2 ° 48 ′ 7"  W.