The eye of the sun

Three weeks before the Full Circle workshop, Stuart and I had headed north to Cumbria on our ‘recce’ trip. Stuart had been ill for a couple of weeks and shouldn’t really have been going anywhere. But you can’t run a workshop without knowing the ground, so to speak, and we had a lot of work to do.

We got an early start and were in Cumbria by lunchtime, exploring the sites. By the time we finished our first day’s reconnoitering, and headed out towards our hotel for the night, we had been obliged to drop one of the major sites of the workshop, as the path to it was unsafe  and a variety of other clues had made us rethink what we were planning.

That is one reason why these recce trips are so necessary. Plus, you never quite know what the land itself might suggest…and next day it was to give us two more sites that we had barely considered.

Our hotel lay between Penrith and Keswick, so we were heading west as the sun began to set. Knowing that the circle was just a few minutes drive beyond our destination, we decided to try to reach Castlerigg in time for the sunset.

We made it just in time, as the sky turned to soft flame, and for once I wished I had a better camera. Even so, it was more important just to be there and I would not have wanted to waste the moment fiddling with controls and settings.

We watched the sun as it sank behind the hills, noting that they resembled a reclining profile. Then, after it had disappeared behind the hill, there was one final flash as the sun peeped through a notch in the hills, lighting up the ‘eye’ of the figure.

We need no convincing that these ancient circles were designed to be part of the landscape and skyscape around them… but to see the winter sun set in the eye of the mountain? That was simply amazing.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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25 Responses to The eye of the sun

  1. The photographs are beautiful, Sue. You do have some wonderful experiences.

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  2. lizannelloyd says:

    I visited Castlerigg in 1976 and have never forgotten it.

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  3. fransiweinstein says:

    Just spectacular Sue! Wishing you the best for 2019. Hope your year is filled with good health, happiness and peace.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    Beautiful shots. They seem worth the trip even in themselves.


  5. I don’t think I’ll get a decent night’s sleep until I make the journey. ❤


  6. Widdershins says:

    Right place, right time, right photos. 😀


  7. Jennie says:

    Yes, absolutely amazing!


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  9. That was perfection AND you got the picture!


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