SOLD OUT - MYTHICAL ENGLAND - Avebury Henge, Old Sarum, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral
Time & Location
About the Event
GOOD FOR: Short hikes, photos, seeing/experiencing something new.
What a great way to spend Easter Monday!
Twenty miles north of Stonehenge stands Avebury, the largest known stone ring in the world! Older than the more famous Stonehenge, and for many visitors far more spectacular. But you can decide that for yourself on this trip :-)
The multiple rings of Avebury are cloaked with mysteries that archaeologists have only begun to unravel.
Similar to Stonehenge and many other megalithic monuments in the British Isles, Avebury is a construction that was added to and altered during several periods. As the site currently exists, the great circle consists of a grass-covered, chalk-stone bank that is 1,396 feet in diameter (427 meters) and 20 feet high (6 meters).
From the era around 10,000 BC and for around 2300 years, the site was actively used as a sacred temple. The Avebury temple was perhaps the most significant sacred site in all of Britain, if not the entire continent of Europe.
Old Sarum and the ‘new’ city of Salisbury
The foundation of the ‘new’ city of Salisbury is based on a legend. The story has it that an archer based at Old Sarum decided where to build the city by shooting an arrow down into the valley. The modern-day Cathedral is situated around 2 miles south of Old Sarum.
There are lots of theories on how an arrow could reach that far but one that’s often heard is that the archer shot a deer and the deer landed where today’s Cathedral stands.
Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. In the early Bronze Age, many burial mounds were built nearby.
Today, together with Avebury, Stonehenge forms the heart of a World Heritage Site, with a unique concentration of prehistoric monuments.
Although the site is closed for tourists if you know your way around as we do, you can still visit this majestic site with a short hike.
Return travel by private minibus
CPC double-decker bus qualified driver
Guided walk with an experienced guide
Travel between each place
WHAT TO BRING
Hiking shoes or good trainers
Bottle of water
London W6 9DT
A WhatsApp group will be set up a few days before the trip where the final details will be given to you. Keep checking your messages on Meetup for the link to the group
1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip.
On occasions, meeting location, time and other details might have to be changed and the event could also be cancelled last minute in case of extreme weather or other unexpected events.
2 - As with any road trips, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely. We will do our best to make your day better, and of course to avoid any of these, but we expect your understanding on these occasions.
We will make a full refund if the trip is cancelled. No refunds will be made if only part of the trip was skipped but a credit might be offered.