Okay, I know it looks like I’m a day early, but the midsummer solstice takes place in the UK at 05.04am tomorrow (21st). Castlerigg is, of course, the most famous of Cumbria’s stone circles and sometimes – often – it’s obvious why.
I took this photo of Long Meg this morning, while Cumbria still had some sunshine. Note how obvious the Neolithic spiral carvings were. Sometimes they’re hard to see.
I’ve long loved the signpost to Long Meg. It’s completely and utterly incorrect, of course, as the stone circle pre-dates the druids by thousands of years.
It’s not always obvious why Long Meg stone circle is where it is. You have to look at the vista from the signpost into the Eden Valley below. Then you get it.
I expect it’ll be busy at Long Meg tomorrow. Beware, though – there are THREE parking spaces! I do hope the clooties on this several-hundred-year-old ash tree are a bit more respectful of its venerableness this year. I will be checking!
Here’s another post I wrote a while ago about Midsummer traditions.
Have a lovely day!