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hippy travels
08-12-2013, 17:05
Thinking of going to Stonehendge for NYE anyone been thinking of going thoughts anything ?:anyone:

Seannachie
08-12-2013, 18:54
Thinking of going to Stonehendge for NYE

Why?

Rubbertramp
08-12-2013, 20:01
Because for some it is the centre of the universe. The clue is in the Op's name....man!.....And a bloody good place to stay, unlikely to be available to us for much longer.....and hey, why not?

Seannachie
08-12-2013, 20:39
Because for some it is the centre of the universe. The clue is in the Op's name....man!.....And a bloody good place to stay, unlikely to be available to us for much longer.....and hey, why not?


Only someone not up to speed with the latest theories could think that Stonehenge was the centre of the universe. And I do not agree that it's a good place to stay - for a start they charge for the car park unless you are a NT member (which I am) and to visit the henge (free for NT members) and I have visited the place regularly over the years, so am quite familiar with it, thank you. Besides, nothing of note happens there on NYE!


:)

Rubbertramp
08-12-2013, 21:14
But just think of the love man! Many a happy hour spent around a campfire with great company, all for free if you know where to go. Free access to the stones too if you wait till after midnight and have a sense of adventure. No EHU though I'm afraid.....just got to tune in to your ancestors brother! Peace!

ricc
09-12-2013, 10:32
Only someone not up to speed with the latest theories could think that Stonehenge was the centre of the universe. And I do not agree that it's a good place to stay - for a start they charge for the car park unless you are a NT member (which I am) and to visit the henge (free for NT members) and I have visited the place regularly over the years, so am quite familiar with it, thank you. Besides, nothing of note happens there on NYE!


:)

dont think youre quite on the same planet as the op.

but totally agree stonehenge aint the centre of the universe......


i thought every one knew it was glastonbury tor

invalid
09-12-2013, 11:13
No you’re all wrong; the Centre of the Universe is Kit Hill near Gunnislake Cornwall. They send Love and light down lay lines, I tell them to send money; they say I have no soul.
I remember late 60’s and early 70’s sitting on top of the stones at Stonehenge drinking beer and fraternizing with the opposite sex, ton up boy’s those were the days. If you want to sit on some really old stones go to Malta, at least you don’t have the NT to deal with.

vindiboy
09-12-2013, 14:09
I am not sure if you can get access to the usual wild camping lane at Stonehenge as thre are some major road works there at this time.

mark61
09-12-2013, 14:26
There is always the Cursus if you go the other way up the track towards Larkhill, need a bit of imagination though, :)
Or park near Silbury hill and have a wonder up to the Long Barrow, take a sleeping bag and stay the night.

Certainly a few months ago you could access the lane from the A303. The track isn't too bad from Larkhill either, ok for a panel van camper.

GeoffB
09-12-2013, 16:51
Been to that famous place in Wiltshire near Amesbury which sounds a bit like the place under discussion, but I must confess I've never heard of "Stonehendge!":mad2:

77W
09-12-2013, 17:13
Rubber tramp, I hate to say it but I fear you may be right with regard to the track not being avaliable much longer :(

We stayed there 2 weeks ago, we arrived abut 5.30 pm via the Larkhill side, even with the road closure you used to be able to still drive down far enough to then turn right on to the track but they now have some sort of gate erected just after the new roundabout with a secrity guard there, when I pulled up to the gate & politley said to the guard we would just like to get to the track please, he was having none of it , in a nut shell he was not going to let us through that way in his words " whilst the stones were shut " ie after 4:30 pm ( maybe they let you through when it's open but who knows )

In fairnes when I asked if there was still access from the A303 sid he did say yes as apposed to make up something to put us off but overall It felt like people staying there were less welcome than in the past, that's just my feeling though & may not be the case , after all I guess they could just put up the dreaded no overnight camping signs if they really wanted to

For what it's worth it may be worth entering the track from the A303 end but it can be tricky to spot especially if it's dark & be warned I have known them to put a chain accross the entrance ( usually arround the summer / winter solstice

Shame though if the track does close as I often stay there at the weekend in the winter & will miss it.

As for going there New Years Eve A few days ago I would have said yes but other plans have just been made :(

Wind Dancer
09-12-2013, 19:44
And I do not agree that it's a good place to stay - for a start they charge for the car park unless you are a NT member (which I am) and to visit the henge (free for NT members) and I have visited the place regularly over the years, so am quite familiar with it, thank you. Besides, nothing of note happens there on NYE!


:)

It can be a GREAT place to stay :banana:
Yes they charge for the car park, but it also closes at dark, hence why people use the byway - and no NT membership needed there :)
There are ways to get into the stones for free…… and legally! :D If you are in the know :ninja:
As for nothing of note happening on NYE, well that depends who you are and what you make of it. In my experience there are plenty of things to note that have happened at Stonehenge, for those that are, perhaps, just a little more familiar with it.
http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0003.gif (http://www.mysmiley.net)
Biggest note worthy date at Stonehenge in past couple of years was 4th Feb 2012 :rabbit::rabbit::rabbit:
:yeahthat:

rockape
09-12-2013, 20:15
You have to remember that access is now restricted since they have built the new visitors centre.

n brown
09-12-2013, 21:47
You have to remember that access is now restricted since they have built the new visitors centre. all the more reason I suppose to get there,give the 'security' a hard time,have a large fire[not too many places where that's ok it seems] have a few beers and talk to many different sorts,some marginally strange !

MORGANTHEMOON
10-12-2013, 13:26
all the more reason I suppose to get there,give the 'security' a hard time,have a large fire[not too many places where that's ok it seems] have a few beers and talk to many different sorts,some marginally strange !

Like the guy whos jacket is a speaker!
Very strange. lol

GeoffB
10-12-2013, 13:53
all the more reason I suppose to get there,give the 'security' a hard time,have a large fire[not too many places where that's ok it seems] have a few beers and talk to many different sorts,some marginally strange !

Stonehenge is sacred ground, if you're not going to celebrate the solstice, honour the ancestors who built it or gaze in wonder then I suggest you stay away. Fires, drinking and harassing security seem pretty pathetic excuses for visiting anywhere, let alone an historical site.

Fazerloz
10-12-2013, 15:28
Stonehenge is sacred ground, if you're not going to celebrate the solstice, honour the ancestors who built it or gaze in wonder then I suggest you stay away. Fires, drinking and harassing security seem pretty pathetic excuses for visiting anywhere, let alone an historical site.

I think you might need to try a little harder at growing old disgracefully.:cheers:

Frances
10-12-2013, 15:42
Last time we parked in the lane there was an attractive young lady juggling with fire sticks and being videod with the stones in the background. Not bad for a bit of free entertainment but on New Year's Eve I want a bit more warmth than that with my alcohol so wont be going to Stonehenge.

invalid
10-12-2013, 15:46
Stonehenge was not only a site of reverence; it was a meeting place, and a place of great celebration, meaning eating drinking dancing etc etc. It has been adapted and altered for the needs of each early group of people; there would have been thousands of drunks, fights and other activities.
We must not get too pompous about what we believe its actual role was. I bet the behaviour of the early visitors was a little worse than a few wild campers.

Rodeo
10-12-2013, 15:47
Mis-reading that^^^my twisted mind makes it sound like you were the juggler Frances!:)

n brown
10-12-2013, 16:14
Stonehenge is sacred ground, if you're not going to celebrate the solstice, honour the ancestors who built it or gaze in wonder then I suggest you stay away. Fires, drinking and harassing security seem pretty pathetic excuses for visiting anywhere, let alone an historical site. sorry I understood the place to be a centre for meeting and celebrating life . not a cathedral

PossumGoose
10-12-2013, 16:30
No you’re all wrong; the Centre of the Universe is Kit Hill near Gunnislake Cornwall.

Crap. It's my navel. I'm looking now oh yukkkkkkkkk

invalid
10-12-2013, 17:26
Crap. It's my navel. I'm looking now oh yukkkkkkkkk

No thats Crapstone near Yelverton Devon.

Firefox
10-12-2013, 18:15
Only someone not up to speed with the latest theories could think that Stonehenge was the centre of the universe. And I do not agree that it's a good place to stay - for a start they charge for the car park unless you are a NT member (which I am) and to visit the henge (free for NT members) and I have visited the place regularly over the years, so am quite familiar with it, thank you. Besides, nothing of note happens there on NYE!


:)

Only someone not up to speed with The Henge and surrounds would think of paying, for either the car park, or to visit The Stones. NT member or not there are ways around both!

Seannachie
10-12-2013, 18:30
Only someone not up to speed with The Henge and surrounds would think of paying, for either the car park, or to visit The Stones. NT member or not there are ways around both!

That's what the 4 buffoons I saw being escorted off the site in June into a waiting Police van thought too.

As for gaining access into prohibited areas, there are always ways and means; I know, I've done it in far more secure locations than Stonehenge - and at New Year too, Edinburgh's Hogmany Party being a favourite venue.

:dance:

n brown
10-12-2013, 18:54
I wonder what the original builders of the Henge would think to see people arrested for going to see their work,and then be told that only those who can afford to pay can see these stones,but no touching by law. and how would they feel to see the amount of revenue being generated by this cash cow and how well fed the new'' controllers of the stones'' are

Wind Dancer
10-12-2013, 19:41
Up close and personal with the stones. (Legally and free).
19136

May we all have the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of these magical stones - steeped in History, Myths, Legends and Mysteries.

Frances
10-12-2013, 19:57
Mis-reading that^^^my twisted mind makes it sound like you were the juggler Frances!:)

I stopped playing with fire years ago, now its all in my mind too.

Wind Dancer
10-12-2013, 20:04
Stonehenge is sacred ground, if you're not going to celebrate the solstice, honour the ancestors who built it or gaze in wonder then I suggest you stay away. Fires, drinking and harassing security seem pretty pathetic excuses for visiting anywhere, let alone an historical site.

Just to clarify to those readers not terribly familiar with the area, these activities do not happen within the stones, or even within the field they are in.
There is a byway a short distance away, though much further than the highway that carried traffic past the monument until a couple of months ago.

The byway is a public place where people can stop and spend the night, perhaps around a campfire, and enjoy a drink or two if they like, maybe even play guitar. It is a terrific way to meet new people, all of whom seem to have the most interesting stories to tell, if one is willing to engage them.

The majority of people do want to gaze in amazement at the stones, others may just want a stopping point to break up a journey. Fortunately I've never seen, or even heard of any trouble there, in fact, the people I know that stop there litter pick and clean up leaving the place better than they found it.

chrisinbrighton
10-12-2013, 20:10
Found Stonehenge on a beach in Cornwall 4 years ago with my dog Milo

Wind Dancer
10-12-2013, 20:13
Awesome! :banana:

btw Nice dog too :dog:

chrisinbrighton
10-12-2013, 20:18
Thanks for that Wind Dancer

Firefox
10-12-2013, 20:34
Just to clarify to those readers not terribly familiar with the area, these activities do not happen within the stones, or even within the field they are in.
There is a byway a short distance away, though much further than the highway that carried traffic past the monument until a couple of months ago.

The byway is a public place where people can stop and spend the night, perhaps around a campfire, and enjoy a drink or two if they like, maybe even play guitar. It is a terrific way to meet new people, all of whom seem to have the most interesting stories to tell, if one is willing to engage them.

The majority of people do want to gaze in amazement at the stones, others may just want a stopping point to break up a journey. Fortunately I've never seen, or even heard of any trouble there, in fact, the people I know that stop there litter pick and clean up leaving the place better than they found it.

Well said. Considering this is supposed to be nominally a "Wild Camping" forum some of the posts in this thread amaze me. All this talk of paying for car parks and/or closing at night seem to suggest a completely different mindset from that of a wild camper.

Track from Larkhill was fixed this summer by the way, and is suitable for all vans.

Wind Dancer
10-12-2013, 20:40
…..and, last time I looked it was a POI.

Firefox
10-12-2013, 20:52
Perhaps the idea of this forum is to stop people using the POI's and give them erroneous advice, I haven't quite got it yet maybe :(

n brown
10-12-2013, 21:19
I have always thought,much as people revere the stones as a religious monument and see them in a mystical way,they'd look a lot better and show up nicely at night with a coat of white emulsion

chrisinbrighton
10-12-2013, 21:22
I have always thought,much as people revere the stones as a religious monument and see them in a mystical way,they'd look a lot better and show up nicely at night with a coat of white emulsion
Illuminous or flurescent paint glow in the dark

n brown
10-12-2013, 21:24
no need to go over the top,we're British you know

mark61
10-12-2013, 21:39
I have always thought,much as people revere the stones as a religious monument and see them in a mystical way,they'd look a lot better and show up nicely at night with a coat of white emulsion

I've always though some nice hanging baskets would make them blend in a bit better. Trailing Petunias in the summer, and Winter Pansies in the Winter.

n brown
10-12-2013, 22:17
I've always though some nice hanging baskets would make them blend in a bit better. Trailing Petunias in the summer, and Winter Pansies in the Winter. now we're cooking !

stonedaddy
10-12-2013, 23:34
now we're cooking !

Stones used to brew a good pint of bitter :cheers: . A nice pint would go down nice round the painted stones and hanging baskets.
.... Tom ....

invalid
11-12-2013, 10:47
I hope you people are prepared to roast in Druid hell for your blasphemy, whoop’s sorry my mistake no place like HELL, and if there was it would be full already.

GeoffB
11-12-2013, 13:04
There are a few suitable Pagan hells, for example Nifelheim, where a dragon forever gnaws the bones of the damned and Annwyn, where red-eared white hounds hunt the miscreants through eternity. Personally I favour the good old Celtic triple death for anybody who "disses" places like Stonehenge (we get plenty of that around here with idiots leaving bottles and candles at the Nine Ladies circle and Arbor Low) - in other words, stabbed, strangled and drowned face down in a peat bog. Those were the days!

Stonehenge is used by many Druid orders - The British Druid Order (BDO), The Hibernian Order of Druids (HOD), The Glastonbury Order of Druids (GOD) and the Secular Order of Druids (SOD) to name but a few. Most Druids carry heavy staffs and are very likely to use them if sacred sites are desecrated, or at least fling an appropriate nasty curse or impose a 'geis' on you.. You have been warned!

n brown
11-12-2013, 15:58
we all get on well with the Druids we meet there and Avebury,had a very nice handfasting there in the rain,so fear not we all know how to behave really,and if not-drowned facedown in a bog-so mote it be !

TheCoggins
11-12-2013, 16:00
we all get on well with the Druids we meet there and Avebury,had a very nice handfasting there in the rain,so fear not we all know how to behave really,and if not-drowned facedown in a bog-so mote it be !

can I just ask is it sill possible or not to spend the night on the byway?

77W
11-12-2013, 16:38
can I just ask is it sill possible or not to spend the night on the byway?


In short yes, but you may have to enter the track from the A303 end if the security at the other end will not let you past.

mark61
11-12-2013, 16:42
There doesn't appear to be a TRO on it, so as long as you don't block it I don't see why not.

Public rights of way mapping | Wiltshire Council (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/rightsofway/publicrightsofwaymapping.htm)


As far as I can see, it shouldn't have a chain or anything else to restrict access.

Debroos
12-12-2013, 13:59
If they close the road to the track that is nearest the old (current) car park then presumably it will mean that the 303 will be the only way in or out.
If I remember correctly the it is almost impoosible to pull out onto the 303 even if going left when it's busy (which seems to be most of the time!)
I'm hoping I've got this wrong......

Older Gurna
12-12-2013, 18:46
To hippy travels, the OP:-

I'd Luv to meet You down there M8, but NYE & surrounding days get 'booked up' every Year!
Go for it!....Someone'll doubtless be around!
Or give another 'call' another time?....
GL!

Firefox
12-12-2013, 19:58
If they close the road to the track that is nearest the old (current) car park then presumably it will mean that the 303 will be the only way in or out.
If I remember correctly the it is almost impoosible to pull out onto the 303 even if going left when it's busy (which seems to be most of the time!)
I'm hoping I've got this wrong......

You can also get in from Larkhill on byway 11. They have repaired this Northern track now, we used it at Equinox.

steco1958
12-12-2013, 20:10
I am not sure if you can get access to the usual wild camping lane at Stonehenge as thre are some major road works there at this time.

Was there the other week, the two lanes are still available


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