exploring megalithic Avebury
The awe-inspiring stone circle of Avebury, in the heart of England, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and rightly so, but unlike its more famous neighbour, Stonehenge, is unfenced. On this walking tour of the site, you will be able to wander freely among the stones. You will learn about the origins of the Henge, walk the awesome Avenue of Stones to the Sanctuary on the ancient Ridgeway, visit West Kennet long barrow and Silbury Hill - the largest man-made mound in Europe. I'll take you to the little-known magical spring of Swallowhead, where pilgrims leave offerings. We'll wander back via the village, with its church and heritage buildings. We'll end our tour at the Red Lion pub in the heart of the stone circle. Unforgettable!
Start at Avebury Red Lion carpark
Visit main stone circle - circular walk around the Henge.
Walk up The Avenue
Visit The Sanctuary
Visit West Kennet long barrow
Walk back to Avebury circle
Village - church, manor house, museum (optional)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Walking tour: Red Lion Avebury beer garden (front of pub, by bus stop)
Driving tour: hotel or train station within 60 miles.
End location: Red Lion beer garden
Or hotel train station of choice.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
In the event of inclement weather, the walking can be cut short according to comfort levels - the church and museum, cafe and gift shops can be visited in the event of heavy rain, etc.
Pick up and drop off from any location within a 60 miles radius. Eg Oxford Swindon Bristol. A fascinating walking tour of Avebury and its immediate area.
All other items are extra and optional
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GBP - Meal and drink at Red Lion or NT cafe - 15
Avebury Manor/Museum entry (optional) - 15
Gifts from Henge or NT shop - 20
Meal/drink at The Red Lion or National Trust cafe
Entry to Avebury Manor/Museum - for more info about the archaeology of the area
Gifts from The Henge/NT shop
Signed copies of The Long Woman (by guide) - a magical novel set at Avebury
Walking tours preferred, though full license if driver required.
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FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT and go back thousands of years back in time, walking through megaliths, anecdotes, stories, moments and inner thoughts. Talk, laugh, exchange, comment and above all, meet a culture and an individual, Kevan, who will be your guide in those crucial instants where dawn of tought, culture and humanity led to us. A bard is a storyteller, and what an incredible story it is. Many thanks �� for the privilege of rekindling with US, men and women of deep ancestry! A unique experience.