Stonehenge Solstice Sunset Walk - 5.5 Miles

  • June 28, 2014 · 5:45 PM
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*THOSE EATING ARRIVE AT 5.45PM PROMPT. THOSE JUST DOING WALK ARRIVE 7.20PM PROMPT. WE WILL CAR SHARE TO PARK AT WOODHENGE TO START WALK AT 7.30PM.* I am away for the summer solstice weekend in Glastonbury camping with friends. But I thought it would  still be nice to do a sunset walk around Stonehenge in the same week. The 28th June still sees the sun setting at 9.22pm the same as on the solstice weekend. Its the last day before we see the hours of daylight reduce albeit by a small amount a day. 

We will  start this meet up by having an evening meal at the Amesbury Archer Harvester at 5.45pm. I will need to book a table so please let me know if you want to join us.  Otherwise,  if you just want to do the walk, we will meet outside the Amesbury Archer at 7.20pm. There is a large car park at the services. We have run several events from here before. So many of you know where it is.

We  will start this magnificent walk through ancient history at Woodhenge which dates from 2300 BC and is a Neolithic henge and timber circular monument. Then onto Durrington Walls where you will stand in the biggest complete Henge in Britain.

Then we will go and visit the mysterious solitary Cuckoo Stone before making our way to King Barrow Ridge. There you will see Bronze Age burial mounds  that stand among ancient beech trees, with views of Stonehenge and the downs. You can see them to your left or south east of you. These are the only barrows that have not been excavated as they were covered by trees until a storm hit in 1990. Then we will walk down the impressive Avenue 1.5 miles long to Stonehenge. This may have been the ceremonial route and entrance to the stone circle.

We will then make our way back via the Cursus which is a huge rectangular earthwork enclosure predating Stonehenge by 500 years.


And on to the old railway line that used to be Lark Hill Military Light Railway (LMLR). It ran through the landscape from Amesbury to Larkhill and on to the Stonehenge aerodrome from 1914 until 1929. It was built as an extension to the existing Amesbury-Bulford railway in response to the increase in military activity during the First World War.The line to Stonehenge closed in 1923, with the LMLR closing completely in 1929. We will then return via the Cuckoo stone back to Woodhenge.


To see the menu for the Amesbury Harvester, please go to the link below:

www.harvester.co.uk/theamesburyarchersalisbury/ourmenus/



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  • Linda M.

    If any of you want to have a look at the photos from the last time I ran this walk in February this year go to the link below:

    www.meetup.com/Hampshire-Walkers-and-Social-Group/photos/[masked]/#[masked]

    I will be arranging another very early morning visit to Stonehenge to celebrate the autumn equinox in September where we will have free unrestricted access to the site. Let me know if you are interested.

    June 30, 2014

  • Harry

    A fantastic walk Linda. Thank you for leading us through spectacular scenery and enormous skyscapes, past (although one went in) bottomless pits and burial mounds around Paper, Wood and finally Stone henges. It's a real shame the authorities consider the stones to be so dangerous that they need to be locked up. Perhaps, when they've been set free we can go back again? I enjoyed meeting everyone, when I wasn't half a mile away at the back looking for a picture. I was home by midnight too so the mice and the pumpkin were happy!

    2 · June 29, 2014

    • Katie

      Yes that's the beauty of digital photography. Would have been interesting to have shown them to the people of Stonehenge.

      June 30, 2014

    • Katie

      I dont mean the blokes in the high-vis!

      June 30, 2014

  • Harry

    I've been trying to upload the photos I took to the site for about three hours now and so far, it's taken a few then dropped a few before bouncing me off site but now it refuses to take any photos at all! So, if anyone is looking, there will be a short intermission (drinks trolley will be coming round) before I have another go... But I fear this is going to be another all-nighter!

    June 29, 2014

    • Daisy K.

      Really enjoyed looking at your pictures Harry and Linda. It really was magical and pictures do justice to that.

      2 · June 30, 2014

    • Linda M.

      I went overboard with the photo comments Harry. I was in a very silly mood this morning! :)

      1 · June 30, 2014

  • Dave H.

    Hi great to meet you all and great walk. Oh, the hole.... My leg and shin are fine but surprise is my right foot which took my weight as the other went in. Its swollen and bruised around the toes.

    June 29, 2014

    • Dave H.

      Dont fret, I took the dogs out at lunch time (they had crossed legs) and I coped fine.

      1 · June 29, 2014

    • Simi

      Phew! Glad inspite of the fall you are still managing to walk with the doggies. Relief! Take care of the ankles!

      June 29, 2014

  • Daisy K.

    Really enjoyed the walk ...rain on the way back spoilt it a bit but otherwise it was wonderful! Thanks to Linda for organising it.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Sarah B

    Thank you Linda for organising such an interesting event, stunning landscape and I learnt so much about the area. Would be happy to do this one again!

    June 29, 2014

  • Roz P.

    The scenery was beautiful and the weather in the main was great, although we did get a little wet before returning to the cars! Linda, the organiser, was amazing and introduced us to many new historical sites along the route.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Simi

    Hello Everyone! My very First Meetup, beautiful walk with great company! Thank you for organising Linda!

    June 29, 2014

  • Linda M.

    A truly magical walk with amazing skies and rolling mists and even a teddy bear cloud (or was it an elephant!) I took some amazing pictures - great evening for photography. I agree Harry. The Stones should be freed and given back to the people. Thank you to all who came and made the evening special.

    June 29, 2014

  • Stewart L.

    Sorry I missed the Stonehenge walk. Made the decision to turn back off the M27 at Whiteley Village due to continuous warning signs indicating there were delays on the A34 above the A272. Thought that it was becoming too much of a risk to attempt the rest of the journey with what seemed like the increasing probability of missing the meet up time and walk altogether. The weather looks like it is improving for the evening, so I hope you will all enjoy the walk in a very special place that speaks to people. A bit sad that I wont be able to share the experience but hopefully next time...

    June 28, 2014

  • Jessie

    Too wet for me too, sorry!

    June 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry a bit too soggy for me - enjoy!

    June 28, 2014

  • Simon E.

    It's absolutely chucking down in Winchester so I think I might hunker down and give this a miss. See you next time :-)

    June 28, 2014

  • Estela C.

    My husband and I just moved to Winchester and are looking forward to meeting you all this evening.

    June 28, 2014

    • Linda M.

      I will phone and increase the booking Estela. We will now be 14 at the table.

      June 28, 2014

    • Estela C.

      Thank you very much, Linda. See you soon.

      June 28, 2014

  • Katie

    Any female members want to lift share. I start my journey south of Stockbridge.

    June 23, 2014

    • Roz P.

      Hi Linda - I shall be joining you for the meal. See you there!

      June 28, 2014

    • Katie

      Hi Roz, ah yes if you are going to be there for the meal, that's fine and looking forward to seeing you. Its raining a good deal so waterproofs being dug out! Katie

      June 28, 2014

  • Tony N.

    Hi Linda would love to come I live in Deepcut is their room to get a lift from Fleet if I drove there to meet?
    Thanks Tony

    June 22, 2014

    • Tony N.

      Sorry Linda I lost email for address in Eltham Heath 4.30 at yours wasn't it?

      June 28, 2014

    • Tony N.

      Thanks

      June 28, 2014

  • Linda M.

    Weather looking good for this evening at Stonehenge. Heavy rain due this afternoon which should have cleared by the time we start our walk.

    June 28, 2014

  • Wendy

    Woke up feeling none too good so will have to dip out afterall .. have a lovely evening and see you on the next walk wendy x

    June 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am leaving home in Hedge End around 6pm to meet everyone after their meal. If anyone would like to share a lift please feel free to send me an email to arrange it. Really looking forward to meeting new friends and to the lovely walk!

    June 27, 2014

  • Uschi B.

    Hello Linda

    Since I haven't heard from anyone that could give me a lift, I cancel, unfortunately. But have a great eekend and great time and safe trip, everyone :-)

    June 27, 2014

  • Wendy

    Oops .. message supposed to ask could I be inc for the meal please?

    June 26, 2014

    • Linda M.

      Yes I will add you for the meal. Look forward to meeting you tomorrow.

      1 · June 27, 2014

  • Wendy

    I have booked for the walk.

    June 26, 2014

  • Rose H.

    Unfortunately, I need to cancel my place on this walk - I hadn't booked in for the meal.

    June 26, 2014

    • Linda M.

      Thanks for letting me know Rose. Please change your RSVP to No.

      June 26, 2014

  • Linda M.

    whoops I forgot Daisy and possibly Tony off the meal. Having a very senior day. Will change booking.

    June 25, 2014

    • Daisy K.

      Yes please I was beginning to get worried! Thanks Linda.

      1 · June 25, 2014

    • Linda M.

      I am juggling too many balls in the air at the mo Daisy!!

      June 25, 2014

  • Dawn S.

    Sorry Linda but I will have to cancel as not very well. Was taken to hospital with suspected appendicitis. So disappointed as was really looking forward to it :(

    June 24, 2014

    • Linda M.

      Very sorry to hear that Dawn. Hope you feel a lot better soon.

      June 25, 2014

    • Uschi B.

      Also from me: Get well soon :-)

      June 25, 2014

  • Linda M.

    Table booked for 10 people at Amesbury Archer for 5.45pm. People down to attend are:

    Harry, Martyn, Simon Evans, Sue colley, roz P, Berni Harrington, Maggie, Uschi and me.

    June 25, 2014

  • Uschi B.

    Hello Linda and everyone

    As I wrote twice before: me going depends if someone can offer me a lift (from Waterloovile or Petersfield - I would drive there).

    My mobile no. is[masked] 978.

    Have a good day & week, everyone :-)
    Uschi

    June 25, 2014

  • Simon E.

    I am travelling from Winchestet. Anyone fancy a lift?

    June 23, 2014

    • Roz P.

      Maybe you, Katie and I could share a lift?

      June 23, 2014

    • Katie

      Hi Roz, I am happy to take us both by meeting in Stockbridge. Happy to take one more non smoking female.

      June 24, 2014

  • Katie

    No meal for me thank you.

    June 23, 2014

  • Linda M.

    I need to know who would like to have a meal before the walk. So far I have the following down:

    Daisy, Dawn Sheppard, Berni Harrington + guest Maggie and me.

    Please would you let me know if you are joining us for the meal at the Harvester so I can book a table.

    Many thanks. Linda

    June 19, 2014

    • Linda M.

      No problem Harry. Just needed to know as Tony would like a lift.

      June 23, 2014

    • Simon E.

      Linda. A meal for me, please?

      June 23, 2014

  • Anthony S.

    HI Linda no meal for me thank you.but good to see us on tv.

    June 22, 2014

  • Uschi B.

    Hello everyone

    Wasn't it a great weekend and longest day ? :-)

    I'm still looking for someone who could give me a lift to this great walk with stunning sunset. Unfortunately, I'm one of thee many people who don't eel comfortable driving to out-of-town places that they haven't driven to before.

    Thus, unfortunately, me going to the walk depends if someone can give me a lift... I live in Cowplain, Waterlooville, but would be happy to drive o Petersfield and leave my car there.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from someone :-)

    Have a good day & week
    Uschi

    June 22, 2014

  • Roz P.

    Looking forward to this walk. It looks amazing. Please could you add me to the list for the meal too. Thanks. Roz

    June 20, 2014

    • Linda M.

      I have added you for the meal Roz. Look forward to seeing you on the day.

      June 20, 2014

  • Linda M.

    Harry and Daisy we all live quite close to each other. If you are all coming for the meal we could car share. What do you think?

    June 18, 2014

    • Daisy K.

      Okay then it seems it's you and me Linda...where do you live? If you have access to my email then please give me some detail and we can plan this trip together?

      June 19, 2014

    • Linda M.

      I live in Liphook Daisy so I could come to you and then get onto the M3. Nice straight route M3 , A303. I am away for a few days and will email you on my return.

      June 20, 2014

  • Amina V.

    Hi Linda, pity I can't come to this event, it sounds wonderful. I'm going to a friends significant birthday bash. Have a good time and say hello to the stones from me, especially the big ' mother' stone. She hears and senses our energies.

    June 14, 2014

    • Linda M.

      Of course I will say hello to the stones for you Amina! You must come to one of the free managed access events. I will be putting on the autumn equinox in September.

      June 19, 2014

    • Amina V.

      For sure, I'd like to come Linda. X

      June 19, 2014

  • Amina V.

    Thanks Linda for sending my greetings to our beautiful, mysterious stones. See you soon.
    Love. Amxx

    June 19, 2014

  • Linda M.

    If anyone is interested there is a culture show special called the Battle for Stonehenge on this saturday 21/6/14 at 8pm on BBC 2. To see a trailer and more info go to the link below:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047pklp

    June 19, 2014

  • Uschi B.

    It sounds like a great walk and time of the year to do it :-)

    I'm interested in coming to the walk as well :-) But since I don't really enjoy driving on country roads that I don't know yet at night, I was wondering if some coul give me a lift ? I live in Cowplain in Waterlooville. Or I could drive to Petersfield.

    Have a good day & week everyone :-)
    Uschi

    June 17, 2014

  • Chrissie L.

    That sounds good.... as I said - it was awhile ago I went in so Winter Solstice will be fine. Many thanks for the info.

    June 17, 2014

  • Chrissie L.

    Hi Linda - sounds wonderful - last time I was at Stonehenge was getting an attunement - any chance we can get permission to go inside? I know there is a designated phone line and they do grant permission to certain groups - although obviously this may have changed in recent years... :)

    June 16, 2014

    • Linda M.

      Hi Chrissie you have to pay and arrange quite a way in advance to go into the stones these days. I like to go to the free managed access events. Next time will be for the autumn equinox in September. As a group we have been to the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox at the Stones and had a lovely time.

      June 17, 2014

  • Daisy K.

    I will be coming from Fleet. Is there anyone going from nearby who can offer me a lift to share fuel with me?Yes please book me in for a meal.

    June 17, 2014

  • Rose H.

    Looking forward to the Stonehenge walk. No meal please for me.

    June 12, 2014

  • Anthony S.

    Hi Julie as I am going would you like a lift. Anthony

    June 10, 2014

  • Dawn S.

    Could you book me in for the meal aswell please.

    June 6, 2014

  • Jessie

    Hi there! Looking forward to this! Would it be ok to know how many miles it will be? I am up for anything and intend on coming whatever but my mum is thinking of coming and is worried about the distance... Thanks. Jessie

    June 4, 2014

    • Jessie

      Great, thanks! Is it ok to bring along other people? Or do you prefer them to join on meetup.com. I can do either but thought I'd ask. Thanks

      June 4, 2014

    • Linda M.

      You are welcome to bring guests along Jessie. They can of course join as well if they would like and then they will be sent all the info on events too. Look forward to meeting you and your mum on the day!

      June 4, 2014

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