Stonehenge and Avebury

Many will tell you Stonehenge isn’t worth it. I tell you it is. I really enjoyed it. My friends Peter & Liam invited me to join them on a jaunt out to see Stonehenge in their hired car for the day. It was such a nice trip! Those boys are great fun. The weather was really nice, that is clear blue skies for the most part and no rain. Thankfully!

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Let’s talk about Stonehenge for a moment. When I was reading reviews about it, maybe 50% were saying it was the thing they regretted doing the most on their trip. I can see why it may be disappointing if you chose to do that rather than something else – many folks take tour busses to the site, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours trip with maybe 45 minutes to visit for a pricey fee does seem like a bad idea. BUT! If you live here and haven’t been or you hired a car for your trip I think this would make it much more of a valued experience.

Stonehenge in its first iteration of ‘henges’ was built in 3100 BC- The word henge refers to a particular type of earthwork of the Neolithic period, typically consisting of a roughly circular or oval-shaped bank with an internal ditch surrounding a central flat area of more than 20 m (66 ft) in diameter. 3100 BC – that’s before the Great Pyramid!

Once out of London there are just loads of lovely green rolling hills and farms and old steeples. Stonehenge is actually really amazing when you think about how they did it – as in, nobody actually knows! I still say it’s aliens, but hey ho! This was the oldest man made structure I have seen to date. The thought that went into its construction is incredible. It has a remarkable feature of aligning with the mid-winter sunset and the mid-summer sunrise. It’s all the rage with the local pagans apparently.

From there we took a gamble and headed up to Avebury. It’s a 30 minute drive through some lovely country lanes (Hi Sheep!). Avebury is really cool because the stones aren’t barricaded. You can touch them a la Claire Fraser. I did this but sadly I didn’t go back in time to 1740s to meet my own Jamie. Sigh. Anyway, It’s a really small little village and you come face to face with some little cute sheep. We grabbed a pint at the pub that’s in the middle of the stones (it was an okay pub – it did the job). Also, there are some pretty quirky little stores where you can buy yourself some protection crystals and sage to cleanse your flat.

At Avebury, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle partially encompasses a pretty village. Archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated here in the 1930s, and there is a museum bearing his name.

Arranged in two parts, the Alexander Keiller Museum is divided into the Stables Gallery, displaying archaeological treasures from across the World Heritage Site, and the Barn Gallery, a 17th-century threshing barn housing interactive displays and children’s activities that reveal the story of this ancient landscape.

 

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