We wild camped at Stonehenge.
Shall I say that again?? We WILD CAMPED at STONEHENGE.
Yes, that ridiculously world-famous monument of incredibly massive stones dragged 100's of miles by prehistoric man to be arranged in a circle and no-one really knows why. That Stonehenge.
Turns out, you can wild camp right next to it for the night. For free. Seriously, this was our view when we woke up the next morning!
Wild camping at Stonehenge
Where is Stonehenge?
Stonehenge is near Amesbury, north of the city of Salisbury, UK (SP4 7DE). It's on a road called the A303 and it always amazes me that you can literally drive right past it and see it all from the road. Having said that, for this reason you can expect HUGE delays during the summer on the A303 as everyone slows down to take photos and have a good look. Sometimes the queues can be over an hour long, so in summer you might be better going around that area if you don't want to stop! (Or come back later at night or early in the morning.)
What is The Drove, Stonehenge?
We were looking for a campsite near the A303 on our way to Glastonbury (so many awesome things to do in Glastonbury if you've never been!) and were excited to find ‘The Drove’ on searchforsites.com (here's the link to The Drove). We LOVE this website- full of loads of great overnight stop and wild camping locations like this, right across the UK.
How to wild Camp for free at The Drove, Stonehenge
Was it really free to camp at Stonehenge? Yep- absolutely. We were prepared for someone to come around and collect some money- but nobody did. (I expect at some point someone will figure this out and change it!)
Watching the sunrise at Stonehenge
We got up at 5am (yes, really) and braved the freezing cold- even in mid-September it was really, really chilly. I was so grateful for my mug of tea in my thermal Nespresso cup (seriously, these things are AMAZING! Keep a drink warm for hours. Check them out on Amazon here) We were amazed at such a clear and beautiful morning- it wasn't supposed to be nice weather and the rest of the weekend was horrible, but that morning we were blessed with one of the most incredible sunrises I have EVER seen.
Flying a Drone at Stonehenge
Just a note: You CANNOT get in to English Heritage to see the Stones up close via the Drove. There is a path which takes you really close to them, but if you want to go in through the English Heritage access, you need to turn right out of The Drove back on the A303 (which is pretty much impossible, so go left then turn around at the next turning) and then follow the brown signs for Stonehenge/ English Heritage. This leads you to the attraction car park where you will be charged around £16 each (2017 prices).
It is no longer possible to walk among the stones and touch them, even if you pay (not like you can in the Ring of Brodgar on Orkney). It's a shame, but the Stonehenge stones have been badly damaged by visitors, so they no longer allow access.
With this in mind, my honest opinion is that you can see nearly as much if you visit Stonehenge for free and walk the path around the edge (also for free). I have paid to go closer to the Stones in the past and you don't get much better a view. Having said that, I would never discourage anyone from visiting and paying money to preserve our national monuments, so if you want to visit and buy tickets, full details can be found on the English Heritage website here.
Whatever you choose, there's nothing to stop you wild camping for the night first and getting a view very few other people will ever experience.
Here's the video link if you'd like to see the drone footage of Stonehenge at sunrise:
Where's the best place you've ever wild camped? Let me know below- I'd love to check it out.