It is situated in a field and on the slope of a hill or knoll, poised in position midway down and below which the slope becomes quite steep. This well weathered boulder was probably originally part of the cliff face - having fallen from there to rest all alone in a quite tenuous position. The boulder is said to be 13 foot high with a circumference of over 33 feet and is thought to weigh 60 tons or more.
One legend regarding the rock says that a serpent used to rise out of Haweswater Lake 300 yards away and coil itself around the Buckstone; the monster was said to have devoured many local sheep from fields in the immediate area. The name Buckstone comes about because long ago it was the abode of red deer - indeed deer antlers have been excavated by archaeologists from the nearby estuary and peat mosses close by.
Journal of The British Archaeological Association, 1874.