On Friday the 21st June, it is the annual summer solstice. What better way to experience it than at Coldrum Longbarrow? Watching the sunrise at Coldrum is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.
A Mystery in the Heart of Kent
Coldrum Longbarrow is a strange formation of rocks dating back thousands of years. It is rumoured to be older than Stonehenge itself! Benjamin Harrison of the Kent Archaeological Society even believed it to be a mini-Stonehenge. It wasn’t until the mid 20th Century that people agreed that it was an old Neolithic long barrow.
Long barrows are a mystery in their own right. Many were used as funeral chambers, but others were found with no evidence of any human remains. Coldrum may have been one of these chambers, but the stones are no longer in their original positions, so it is impossible to tell!
The summer solstice is often seen as either the beginning or middle of summer (depends where you’re from.) The summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. It is also the day with the longest period of daylight. Across the world, different cultures celebrate this event in their own unique ways. You may have heard about the Druids, who celebrate every solstice with rituals at Stonehenge.
Stay The Night
Since you’ll have to be getting up pretty early to catch the sunrise, why not stay Thursday night here at The Bull? Just under 4 miles away from Coldrum, The Bull would be the ideal place to stay the night to ensure you can get there on time for the sunrise. It’s only a 10 minute drive away! If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can even walk, which takes an hour. Either way, it’s close enough for a bit of a lay-in when you get back!
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