Another man, dressed in a black hooded top, who gave his name as Cathbad, said: "It's a beautiful experience. It's about celebrating nature, life and what makes the world go round. "It's a little bit too heavily organised, with too much intervention from the establishment, but I'll keep coming back.
"It's all about the feeling you get when the sun bursts through the stone."
A spokeswoman for English Heritage, which runs the 5,000-year-old site, said the last time a turnout of 30,000 was achieved was in 2003.
"It's been very wet and soggy," she said. "Probably a few disappointed people, many streaming out before sunrise because it was so wet and cold.
"I don't think it will discourage people from coming again. Quite a few people come every year and are quite hardy."
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