Castlerigg Stone Circle proved to be the ideal location for the Cardinal Points interactive map and compass training program. The 360 degree panorama allows the user to pan around and take bearings from individual stones using an interactive compass whilst giving the feeling of really being out there.
The compass looks and behaves just like a real compass. The arrows and the compass itself rotate, and the needle always points north.
Take bearings from the stone circle and identify them on our simplified map of the location - or vice versa. The download also contains a PDF file of Advanced Navigation Tutorials.
Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick in Cumbria is one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. The Stone Circle is surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra.
The circle has been owned since 1913 by the National Trust. It was one of the first dozen sites to be declared an ancient monument in 1883 and the stones are in the guardianship of English Heritage. Today the site is a popular tourist attraction.
The Stone Circles in Britain seem to have been built between 2500 to 1300 BC during the Neolithic and Bronze ages. Two stone axes and a stone "club" found near the circle in the 18th century AD suggest a Neolithic (New Stone Age) construction.