Stonehenge & Avebury

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Welcome to the home page of the Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Site (WHS)!
Stonehenge and Avebury were inscribed together on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1986. The Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site was one of the UK’s very first World Heritage Sites.
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Stonehenge and Avebury gained their place on the World Heritage Site list for their outstanding prehistoric monuments dating back over 5000 years to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Stonehenge is the most famous and sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world. At Avebury the massive banks and ditches of the henge enclose its largest. Both stone circles lie at the heart of prehistoric landscapes containing numerous impressive and amazingly well-preserved ceremonial monuments.
Tues 6/28

I say: Been sick with a head cold since arriving in Exeter.  Three nights with my friend Robin and his exwife/roommate/partner.  Asked them only one question about their relationship, just to clarify things. 

Went to the coast for dinner, had really good food, beer, though Robin does not drink.   His last alcohol was with me at The Bamboo Nest in Thailand.

We talked about his journey since we last saw each other.  I had a cold.

I also watched Robin do a foraging presentation for a coastal England Women’s Garden Club.

 I was introduced by Robin and asked if I wanted tea or coffee.  I had several little sweets served with my instant coffee.  I had a cold.

The day before he dropped me off on a little old town up in the largest preserved area in lower England.  Had lunch, read a book about the history of the area and the buildings, toured the old church, the working forge and had a beer.  Never walked over 100 yards from where Robin dropped me of at 3:00 till he picked me up at 7:30.  I had a cold.

Stayed in an old hotel 100 yards from the train station where I arrived.  Had a cold.

On Saturday Robin had two foraging walks schudled – one group of 9, a second group with 12.  Then a dinner with 12 people, with a chef using the stuff gathered on a walk.    He charges about $150 a person, per event.

I was sick, so I left town.  Got a car.  Drove up to Stonehenge, stayed in a really nice hostel about 4 miles away. 

 Did not take the Stonehenge tour – organized tours are the only way you can walk near it – and you must stay 100 feet away from the rocks.  4 hours, a yaking tour guide, a bus, for about $35.00

I opted for Avebury.  

Drove up the first night and had a beer, walked one of the inner circles, had dinner, taking along from the hostel Alex from Canada and his older sister.  I was still sick.

Today returned to Avebury,  parked, walked around a huge pile of dirt called Silbury Hill (similar to the Cahokia Mounds east of St.Louis, also a WHS), through fields, in mud, up hills, along roads and down an avenue of big placed rocks.  

Avebury preceded Stonehange and it is much more accessible.  Walked about 4 miles.  Stopped at the bar inside the largest rock ring and had a second stout with a guy I met on my walk.

Drove up to Wellingborough, about 120 miles.  Impossible without my phone’s map app.   Impossible, I repeat.  There were aout 100 roundabouts on the drive – and the correct road off the circle was almost evenly divided between the first, second and third turns off the roundabout.

Now very close to one of the two primary destinations on this trip.  

Will head to Podington tomorrow and see what happens.    Do not have a room, but hope to find one over a pint and some conversation about WWII. 


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