Avebury Stone Circle

A lot of people have told us that there is one stone circle in England that is much more interesting to visit than Stonehenge, and that is Avebury. Of course, as we were in Wiltshire and in Stone Age mode, we had to go. Ironically, going by public transport from Salisbury to Avebury was not possible, if we wanted any time at all at the stones – 3½ hours one way! Instead, I discovered that with the London train (which is fast) and a bus from Swindon, going from Bristol was much quicker, so that´s what we did.

So, why is Avebury so special? Direct access to the stones is not restricted like at Stonehenge (which is open to the public only at the solstices), one is free to walk around in the circle, and considering the stones enclose the village of Avebury, or parts of it, anything else would be silly. There is a museum there (which we both missed to snap), lots of activities for school children, and a great pub at which we had a lovely dinner after a long walk around the Avebury landscape.

I will not say this was better than Stonehenge, or not as good. It was different and I wouldn´t want to have missed out on any of those sites. What a great day!

From the bus we saw a white horse again, this one is called the Marlborough horse.
From the bus we saw a white horse again, this one is called the Marlborough horse.

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The big trees along the circle were full of carvings and little notes and ribbons, well wishes and prayers.
The big trees along the circle were full of carvings and little notes and ribbons, well wishes and prayers.

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It was pretty windy so I combined the hat with a scarf. Not as elegant as it would have looked on Jackie Onassis or someone as glamourous as that!
It was pretty windy so I combined the hat with a scarf. Not as elegant as it would have looked on Jackie Onassis or someone as glamourous as that!
After walking the circle, we ventured out in the countryside beyond the circle.
After walking the circle, we ventured out in the countryside beyond the circle. This is another so called “avenue”.

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First stop was the henge.
First stop was a henge called the Sanctuary.
This is what they think it looked like in the day. Now all that is left is the postholes.
This is what they think it looked like in the day. Now all that is left is the postholes.
We then went looking for the West Kennet Long Barrow, and got kinda lost.
We then went looking for the West Kennet Long Barrow, and got kinda lost. Our own fault for not bringing a proper map (which is completely unlike me).
In the end, after having given up on ever finding it, there it was!
In the end, after having given up on ever finding it, there it was!
A birdsnest orchid.
A birdsnest orchid.
Inside the barrow, we found small offerings in every little space; mostly flowers and candles.
Inside the barrow, we found small offerings in every little space; mostly flowers and candles.
I sat on top of the barrow and drew the view of Silbury hill, which is the largest man-made mound in Europe.
I sat on top of the barrow and drew the view of Silbury hill, which is the largest man-made mound in Europe.
This is not the drawing I made at the time, I posted that earlier.
This is not the drawing I made at the time, I posted that earlier. It´s an intriguing view, I like to work with it.
More tree offerings on the road to the long barrow.
More tree offerings on the road to the long barrow.
So, one is not supposed to go up Silbury hill, but obviously, believers (and I understand England is full of pagans) does not let that stop them.
So, one is not supposed to go up Silbury hill, but obviously, believers (and I understand England is full of pagans) does not let that stop them.

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We ended up, after several hours walking through this wonderful landscape, at the Red Lion, which is probably the coolest pub I ever had a meal at.
We ended up, after several hours walking through this wonderful landscape, at the Red Lion, which is probably the coolest pub I ever had a meal at.
And it is beautiful, too.
And it is beautiful, too.
They have their own ale.
They have their own ale. (It is ale, in spite of the name.)
I had to try it, naturally, and it tasted very, very well.
I had to try it, naturally, and it tasted very, very well. (Well, get it? 😉 )
I had a steak & ale pie, which is probably my favourite meal.
I had a steak & ale pie, which is probably my favourite meal.
I did some drawing, but didn´t come home with anything to show for it.
I did some drawing, but didn´t come home with anything to show for it.
And followed up with a sticky toffee pudding.
And followed up with a sticky toffee pudding.
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8 thoughts on “Avebury Stone Circle”

  1. A place I’ve never heard of. How awesome, and very unique. I can see it’s unlike Stonehenge. Pagan? That made me laugh.

    Enjoyed the well water and good beer (grin). Thanks for showing me a part of the world I was unfamiliar with. It was a fun trip.

  2. I’m impressed with this. The horse, which we have _nothing_ like over here, and those stones. They are right about the mound, though. It’s astounding the damage people can do by climbing on them. Modern-day pagans should build their own mounds 😉

      1. yes, indeed. go for it! 🙂 I’m just thinking they ought not go tramping down archeological sites.

        I’m still in mourning until the original Star Wars trilogy is available in its original Han-shot-first glory 😉

        1. I think I have a VHS collection somewhere. If it´s still watchable. I should transfer it to DVD. I do hear that the new film has that gritty, sandy look and feel of the originals, none of that plastic CGI crap. I have read some very enthusiastic reviews! 😀

          1. 2 of my kids are going tonight. I’ll wait for their report. Jar Jar Binks scarred me for life. For life, I say. I may never recover. My faith in the franchise was destroyed that day, but maybe Disney can … Wait, what am I saying? lol

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