Summer Solstice night ride to Stonehenge

If you like night riding (and who doesn’t?) but find the marvelous Dunwich Dynamo just a little bit too mainstream for your tastes, then look no further than Rolling to the Stones, a summer solstice ride to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge. I can remember as a child being able to clamber all over the stones but these days they’re fenced off and the summer solstice is the only day of the year when people are allowed to get among the 5000 year old bluestones to soak up the pagan vibrations.

The route covers 90 miles into the prevailing wind with a fair few hills along the way but the ride is being led by Dazzler, a London bicycle messenger, who has done it several times before and promises to make it to the church on time, so to speak. If you’ve ever looked at a bicycle messenger and wondered what on earth he or she did before the invention of the bicycle, the answer is clear. They were druids. Here is a recently unearthed archive shot of London’s favourite former bicycle messenger turned blogger:

And here is the modern version:

Messenger druid style

Ride leaves Marble Arch at 8.30pm. For more info, move it on over to Moving Target. I’ll do my best to be there, although I’m thinking it might be a bit more hectic than my usual gentlemanly sedate style of cycle touring.

In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history.
There lived a strange race of people…the Druids.
No one knows who they were, or what they were doing…
But their legacy remains…
Hewn into the living rock of Stonehenge…