Summer Solstice

Sunrise 04:55 Sunset 21:27

I can’t believe we are in mid June already and to the Summer solstice where we have the longest hours of daylight. Many people gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise but I thought I would visit Child Okeford’s stone circle.

We have been having a mini heatwave and so I have been getting out even earlier than usual with Tilly, just before 5 o’clock. I have enjoyed it because I have had some fantastic walks and taken some lovely pictures which I would have missed if I was a little later; as sunrise is now at 4.55am.

The Stone Circle under Hambledon Hill is a fairly modern erected by the landowner. I haven’t been able to find a precise date as yet but the circle nestles below Hambledon Hill looking over the Blackmore Vale and fits in with it’s surroundings, it could have been there for years.  Hambledon Hill  is at the intersection of several leys and is one of the six apex points of The Wessex Astrum,  which involves Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Avebury. 

Ley lines /leɪ laɪnz/ are apparent alignments of land forms, places of ancient religious significance or culture, often including man-made structures. They are ancient, straight ‘paths’ or routes in the landscape which are believed to have spiritual significance.

Source Ley line – Wikipedia

I was a bit later than I hoped setting out from home with Tilly but we made good time up to the base of the hill and then across the fields to the Stone Circle. I wasn’t sure the sunrise was going to be good as it was quite hazy but it turned out to be special with the sun coming up and lighting the stones. I was able to get  a view across the stones to the sunrise.

Modern Stone Circle.
Across the Blackmore Vale towards Spread Eagle Hill.
Looking across the Stone Circle to Hambledon Hill.

I spent a little time taking some photos and just enjoying the fantastic dawn and then I made my way towards the road where I was going to cross and a eventually walk home via Ridgeway Lane. Before I got to the road I spotted some horses and two Llamas in the field, I wasn’t sure about the Llamas not an animal you meet every day I was a little apprehensive but they let us pass to the gate and just watched us, phew!

Llama.

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