My views on the movements of axes are very much coloured by what I have read coupled with my many visits to the Cumbrian monuments.
A couple of days ago Stubob & myself returned from our latest trip. We saw huge stones, massive avenues, circles that seemed totally out of proportion in their size and frequency to the projected population of the area, we stood in an 'Irish henge' and then walked a couple of hundred yards to a 'Yorkshire Henge' the following day we visited a circle with a Derbyshire vibe.
Why so many flavours?
I can't say for sure that the axe trade was driving this but my heart & my head tells me that something major was occuring in the late Neolithic /early Bronze Age in the Cumbrian fells and from all the available information I reckon that the procurement of stone axes was a major ingredient.
What we do know is that Langdale axes are found all over Britain and Ireland, so someone was coming here to collect and distribute them throughout our islands.
"Two guys were looking at some shirts in a shop window.
One said 'That's the one I'd get', when the owner of the shop, a cyclops, came out and kicked his head in."