With the Summer Solstice occurring only once a year in the northern hemisphere, it is truly a special celebration. More than 20,000 revellers are set to descend on Stonehenge for the 2015 Summer Solstice, but at Lake District Hotels we have a more intimate affair planned at one of the most stunning stone circle locations in the country.
Join us at 3.30am as we begin our walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle to greet the sunrise, enjoy Kings Arms Hotel Head Chef, Dan Grimshaw’s hot breakfast (porridge with brown sugar, whisky and cream and sausage/bacon sandwiches, plus tea and coffee) and listen to the druid summer solstice ritual, followed by a short talk about the Castlerigg Stone Circle and what the ritual means to a pagan on the longest day of the year.
2 night Solstice break includes:
dinner, bed & breakfast, with free walking boot hire from George Fisher
and the Summer Solstice guided walk on Sunday 21st June
From £131 per person
Not staying with us? Don’t worry…
If you are in the area but not staying with us, you can still be part of the Summer Solstice fun. Book onto our guided walk for only £15 per person and join us at the Moot Hall in Keswick at 3.30am on Sunday 21st June.
To book call 0800 840 1240 or visit www.lakedistricthotels.net/summersolstice
Overview and Itinerary
The guided walk will commence from the Moot Hall, Keswick to Castlerigg Stone Circle at 3.30am, the walk is 1.7 miles, for those who wish to drive, a map is available from reception. The group is due to arrive at Castlerigg Stonecircle just in time for the sunrise at 4.38am, after which a hot breakfast will be enjoyed and rituals spoken by a member of ‘The Druid Network’
This unique experience will allow you to explore Keswick and the surrounding area as you never have before, taking in the ‘positive, friendly atmosphere’ of the celebrations, as groups of pagans, druids and partygoers gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Walkers must wear sound walking boots and appropriate all-weather clothing / Children must be accompanied by an adult
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the finest in the Lake District, commanding a superb 360 degree view over Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell. The circle consists of 38 stones of variable sizes and shapes; some standing over 5 feet tall. It is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period 4000 to 5000 years ago, as well as being one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain.
The original purpose of the site is unknown; however every year thousands of people visit it to look, photograph, draw and wonder why and when and by whom it was built. Although its origins are unknown it is believed that it was used for social gatherings, a site for religious ceremonies and rituals or even an astronomical observatory with the stones being aligned to the sun, moon and stars.
Castlerigg Stone Circle was one of the first sites to be covered under the Ancient Monuments Protection Act in 1888 and in 1913 it was acquired by the National Trust through the efforts of Canon Rawnsley.