Where To Watch the Summer Solstice Sunrise
This year’s summer solstice otherwise known as the longest day of the year falls on Tuesday 21st June
The summer solstice occurs when Earth’s north pole tilts furthest toward the Sun and consequently, the sun maintains its highest position in the northern sky, elongating the hours of daylight.
This means that the solstice happens at a specific point in time, which this year will be 4.43am BST on Tuesday 21st June. There are expected to be 16 hours and 43 minutes of daylight in the UK, with the sun rising at 4.43am before setting at 9.22pm.
In a region renowned for its picturesque coastline, such a pronounced period of sunlight presents the perfect opportunity to experience the north in all its natural wonder.
Here are five places where you can truly enjoy the 2022 summer solstice:
Cresswell Beach, Northumberland
Set just 20 minutes south of Amble, Cresswell’s beach has one of the most idyllic views over the North Sea. Grab a map and venture out by car, parking up in one of the many bays which overlook the Farne Islands to the left. The panoramic views from Cresswell’s shore allow for breathtaking sunsets as the sky blends from orange to pink, seeing the solstice out with an unforgettable view.
Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire
During summer, both sunrise and sunset can be witnessed in their fullest from this bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy the sun’s long stay on 21st June. Saltwick is just a mile east of Whitby, and the bay itself is steeped in history. Back in the 17th century, Alum quarries were built in Saltwick yielding a high disseverance of fossils and precious gemstones, readily hunted by collectors and holidayers alike. So if you fancy a dabble at discovering treasures whilst marvelling in the Yorkshire sun, look no further.
Tynemouth Priory, North Tyneside
For those who don't want to venture too far out of the city, Tynemouth is the answer. Situated 20 minutes from central Newcastle, this headland overlooks the sea, with the view foregrounding St Mary’s Lighthouse and its island. Watch the ships set sail from the top of King Edward’s Bay beneath the rising solstice. The towering magnesian limestone cliffs at King Edward’s Bay provide the perfect golden-tinted backdrop for sunsets, making Tynemouth a fitting destination to enjoy the solstice from dawn till dusk.
Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
This 70-metre high, curving cliff of white limestone has amazed visitors for centuries and continues to be a landmark site in the Pennines. Looking out over the village of Malham, the views from the rock’s peak are something to behold, encapsulating the beauty of the Dales’ rolling hills and vast green fields. Beneath the precipice sits a quiet meadow-like paddock, rich with wildlife. Malham Cove is open all year, with a footpath leading from the road allowing visitors ease of access to its spellbinding views. No cars are allowed, so you should park in Malham village and navigate its winding streets before heading to the cove in the evening to enjoy the setting sun.
Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to witness the solstice in all its glory. Lying just off the Northumberland coast, the island is cut off from the mainland twice a day by fast moving tides, meaning you need to organise your day in accordance with causeway crossing times. Once you’ve timed your journey to perfection (please note crossing times may vary during the day), visit the historic ruins of Lindisfarne Priory before exploring the variety of eateries in the village. Crossing slots are 23.40pm on Monday 20th June until 07.10am Tuesday 20th June, allowing you to catch the sunrise of the solstice whilst enjoying the splendid serenity of Holy Island.