Avebury henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. The henge is a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain which sits within a vast sacred landscape full of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that remain untouched by the modern world.
This lovely route, led by local Nordic walking instructor duo Lisa and Charlie, starts at National Trust carpark in Avebury and heads uphill on the Harepath. It then follows the Ridgeway for a short distance before heading into the Fyfield National Nature Reserve. Here we’ll hunt out the Polissoir, a beautiful and rare stone used to polish Neolithic stone axes, and we’ll explore more of the wild and unique Sarcen stone-littered landscape.
Heading back to The Ridgeway we’ll walk south-west to return to Avebury via Whaden Hill, for one of the best views of Silbury Hill and finish the walk alongside the young River Kennet. An easier alternative back to the village will be on offer via The Avenue, part of the ceremonial procession route of the Druids.
We'll then head back into Avebury Village to the National Trust café for a large slice of cake and cuppa.
This is a moderate to challenging walk of just over 8 miles on public byways and public footpaths across wild downland.
Duration: 4.5 hrs (including a picnic lunch)
Walk Level: Some steeper climbs, possible muddy terrain, some smaller paths.
Price: £18 for members, £24 for non members (Please bring a packed lunch)
Photo of Lisa striding out along the Avebury route.