Summer Solstice in the Lakes
Summer Solstice at Castlerigg Stone Circle
Join Lake District Hotels on a guided walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle to greet the sunrise. Where we will enjoy a hot breakfast (porridge with brown sugar, and sausage/bacon sandwiches with brown sauce, 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.. With the summer solstice occurring only once a year in the northern hemisphere, this is truly a special celebration.
Our 2 nights break includes dinner, bed & breakfast, with free walking boot hire from George Fisher and the Summer Solstice guided walk.
Kings Arms Hotel £160
Borrowdale Hotel £210
Inn on the Square £240
Skiddaw Hotel £175
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa £270
To book call 0800 840 1240
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 3.00am.
To book call 0800 840 1240
The guided walk will commence from the Moot Hall, Keswick to Castlerigg Stone Circle at 3.00am, 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 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.