Sun rays over the Orton Valley by Sunbiggin Tarn, Little Asby Circle in the foreground. C.Paxton photo.

Sun rays over the Orton Valley by Sunbiggin Tarn, Little Asby Circle in the foreground. C.Paxton photo.

First in the Wild Places series is Little Asby Stone Circle. Once perhaps a site of Shamanic ceremony, now this stone circle makes a fine lek for Red Grouse! Perched overlooking Sunbiggin Tarn (small lake), this lovely site has a distinctly prehistoric mood. These wild moors are the haunt of grouse, curlews, and Fell ponies. We’ve seen Short-eared owls over-flying the area and geese and swans and duck are often seen on the tarn.

Red Grouse in ling, C . Paxton photo and copyright

Red Grouse in ling, C . Paxton photo and copyright

Pristine spring water wells up in a series of pools that feed into the tarn and these would likely have added to the appeal of the area to our neolithic ancestors.