PLANS TO transport the Millennium Stone across the Bristol Channel are on hold after it was left dangling below its supporting currachs last weekend.
Volunteers battled against high tides and wet weather to lash the 4t stone between two currachs - Neolithic-style boats built especially for the journey. But the lashings slipped and the stone was left swinging below the waves.
'The recent weather meant that the river was high even at low tide, ' explained David John from community group Menter Preseli, which is overseeing the £100,000 Heritage Lottery funded project to recreate the journey from Wales to Stonehenge.
'Health and safety (regulations) said we couldn't let people in the water, so we weren't allowed to get in and tighten the straps.'
However, some progress was made down the river on route to the Bristol Channel until the stone grounded on a shallow. The team had to wait for high tide before they could proceed and eventually brought the stone to shore at Milford Haven.
Volunteers have been attempting to recreate the 386km journey from Wales to Salisbury Plain since the start of the year and hope to arrive at Stonehenge in time for the autumn equinox in September. They have managed just 28km so far, with the hazardous 10km journey across the Bristol Channel still ahead.
'We're going to wait until better weather comes before we move into the sea, ' said John.
'We need to tie the stone more tightly to the currachs if we're out at sea.'