More than 20,000 revellers gathered at the famed monument for sunrise on the longest day of the year.
By Pejman Faratin
The sun rose at 4:52am this morning; however cloud cover meant it remained hidden at the World Heritage Site.
It was the last summer solstice ahead of a ‘historic’ transformation of the site, including the creation of a new visitor centre around 1.5 miles away.
Loraine Knowles, Stonehenge director at English Heritage, said the closure and grassing over of the A344 was ‘a real milestone in terms of the history of the site’.
‘When you are in Stonehenge in the future, when grass is established, you will be able to make the link between the monument and the rest of the heritage landscape to the north,’ she added.
Visitors will also be able to access the avenue, the route by which the monument was approached when it was used as a place of great ceremony.
Police say there were fewer arrests than usual this year, with 22 people taken into custody, most for drug-related offenses.
The solstice has typically drawn a wide and varied crowd to the mysterious set of standing stones whose purpose remains unclear.
The ancient stone circle on the Salisbury Plain about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south-west of London, was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C
Article Source: http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/21/gallery-summer-solstice-2013-at-stonehenge-3850650/summer-solstice-at-stonehenge-8/
Stonehenge Tour Guide
The first crop circle of 2013 has appeared in Wiltshire between Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circle. Click here to view the image and location.
Wiltshire is well known for its crop circles and much mystery still remains as to why they occur and the meanings behind their complex formations.
Crop circles in Wiltshire often occur around the heart of the county in and around Avebury, usually first appearing in April and continuing into the summer months. The Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group established in 1995 to help the crop circle phenomena in all aspects. Within their website, the latest Wiltshire crop circles are published.
Crop circle code of conduct
Visitors are requested:
- To seek permission from landowners at all times before entering private property.
- To always use gates or stiles to enter fields – please do not climb over fences.
- To close gates after passing through them.
- Not to take vehicles into fields and ensure vehicles do not block landowners access points.
- Where possible use ‘tramlines’ (where farmers’ tractors have cleared a path) to enter crop circles, so causing as little damage as possible to standing crops.