Winter Solstice Celebration in the Lakes
Winter Solstice at Castlerigg Stone Circle
Friday 20th & 21st December 2019 - 2pm start
Join Lake District Hotels on a guided walk from Keswick’s Market Square to Castlerigg Stone Circle to celebrate the magical Feast of Yule, on the shortest day of the year. The celebration will begin once we reach the stone circle with the lighting of the log to symbolize the heat and light of the returning sun, as our druid, Daru McAleece carries out a Winter Solstice ritual and a short talk about the Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Afterwards guests can enjoy hot mulled wine, apple cider and mince pies with lashings of brandy cream, before making the descent back towards Keswick on a lantern lit walk. With the winter solstice occurring only once a year in the northern hemisphere, this is a truly special celebration.
Our 2 night break includes dinner, bed & breakfast, with free walking boot hire from George Fisher and the Winter Solstice guided walk plus refreshments at the stone circle.
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa from £470 per room
Inn on the Square from £410 per room
Borrowdale Hotel from £350 per room
Skiddaw Hotel from £300 per room
Kings Arms Hotel from £290 per room
To book or for more information call 0800 840 1240
If you are in the area but not staying with us, you can still be part of the Winter Solstice fun. Book onto our Winter Solstice guided walk plus refreshments at the stone circle for only £15 per person and join us at the Moot Hall in Keswick at 2pm on Saturday 21st December.
To book or for more information contact Leah on 017687 87010 or email@example.com
12noon in the Hidey Hole (Optional)
We would like to meet with the group at 12noon on Saturday 21st December in the Hidey Hole, which is located in the Back Bar, Bell Close Carpark, Keswick. This is to meet with our Druid, to discuss the Winter Solstice ritual and the various roles which our guests are more than welcome to take on and get involved. Further details will be provided on the day.
2pm from Keswick Market Square
The guided walk will commence from the Moot Hall, Keswick to Castlerigg Stone Circle at 2pm, the walk is 1.7 miles. The group is due to arrive at Castlerigg Stonecircle before sunset at 3.48pm, for the lighting of the log, Winter Solstice ritual and hot mulled wine, apple cider and mince pies with lashings of brandy cream, before making the descent back towards Keswick on a lantern lit walk.
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.