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3 Jun 2021

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice - Stonehenge

Monday, the 21st June 2021, will see us mark Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; with sunrise around 4.44am and sunset about 9.20pm. The Summer Solstice has long been celebrated, and this year’s expansion of freedoms will just make it that much sweeter.

Traditionally it is a magical time, that connects us to our ancestors and the land. The day provides the longest amount of daylight hours of the year, as the sun reaches the highest point in the sky.

Here are some Summer Solstice Ideas:

Often people travel to spiritual destinations to experience the Summer Solstice in all its glory. Some of these experiences had to take place virtually last year, but many venues are gearing up for a summer of events.

Stonehenge – Wiltshire

Not surprisingly, Stonehenge is one of the first spots that spring to mind for celebrating the Solstice. It is a magical and atmospheric place, where you can see the first beams of sunrise behind the ‘Heel Stone’ and then shine right into the heart of the monumental stones.

Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire

The saying, ‘not all things are created equally’, could be applied to Saltwick Bay. This is a place that offers unique history and spectacular sunset and sunrises. It is particularly popular around the Solstice period, as the time frame allows for a ‘double sun’ impact. However, don’t leave home without checking tide times!

Place Fell, Ullswater

The Lake District is a beautiful place all over, but you would be hard pushed to find a more picturesque place to witness the Summer Solstice than Place Fell. Recent improvements, make it much more viable for beginner hikers than it used to be. There is a seven-mile circuit from Patterdale, back along Lakeshore Patch. You might want to try the Helvellyn range first thing, and catch the evening at Hartsop or Kirkstone.

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