Avebury Henge

Published 16 March 2014

Avebury Henge

The Ridgeway starts in a public transport wasteland. The nearest bus stops a couple of miles away. But this is okay, as it stops in Avebury and you can walk to the Ridgeway from there. It’s a couple of miles. But there’s lots to see. For Avebury has a henge.

It’s not as well-known as that most famous of henges, Stonehenge, however it’s impressive. Lots of sarsen stones, arranged in a large ring. They were apparently dragged into place from nearby fields. An amazing feat and no mistake.

You can visit Avebury Henge at any time of the year, and unlike Stonehenge, it’s free. But there’s an especially good time to visit, and that’s during a solstice or an equinox. But there’s not a solstice for a while. An equinox on the other hand, is just round the corner.

By accident we found ourselves in Avebury on the day of the spring equinox in 2011. There were tea-lights everywhere, and people carrying mysterious orbs to nearby long barrows. It’s not often in the country that someone in hiking boots and a large rucksack feels rather out of place, but on that day we almost did.

If you’re quick, you can get down to Avebury by the 21st. Just don’t expect to stay in the village – it’s likely to be booked up. But the bus runs from Swindon regularly enough. Although there’s no sarsen stones there.

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