Stonehenge Area Map
White Horse, Crop Circles
to Avebury map
section, courtesy of English Heritage.
are further interesting prehistoric sites in the Stonehenge
First choice is undoubtedly Avebury,
a larger circle of smaller stones set around a charming little
village. Less than an hour's drive north of Stonehenge, you
are free to walk around them, sit outside the local pub and
view them over a glass of beer or hug them at your leisure with
no charge at any time of the day, night or year.
Hill, just a mile or so from Avebury (see on the map,
right of Avebury), is the world's largest prehistoric mound,
a huge man-made hill built 4,500 years ago in a dome shape.
(Go to White Horses link for more information)
Then there's West Kennet Long Barrow,
a free Neolithic building, including carved Sarsens.
There are also plenty of giant White
Horses carved into chalk hills and prehistoric
hill forts around, though the latter only involve high
grassy mounds surrounded by steep rings.
Cherhill White Horse, near Avebury, Wiltshire county.
as impressive as ancient stone circles perhaps, but various White Horses canter over the Wiltshire
chalk hills around Avebury and Stonehenge and are good for a
brisk walk with no-problem access and great views.
near Avebury is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Silbury Hill, the
largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe, a 40 metre high
grass-covered chalk dome, with a base diameter of 160 metres.
It is estimated that moving the half million tons of chalk to
construct the hill took 4 million man hours over 50 years. Silbury
Hill was probably a sacred mound dedicated to the Mother Earth
Climbing the mound is not permitted but photos are naturally
fine, tho' the mound is neither particularly photogenic nor interesting to the common man.
to Silbury Hill is West Kennet Long Barrow,
a restored early Neolithic mound with five chambers leading
off a central gallery.
Carbon dated from about 3700 BC, the chambers and roof are built
from huge Sarsen stones. Recently high quality carved megaliths
have been found, one shaped like a human head in profile, one
like a skull and another like a sheep's head.
It is thought
that the barrow is another tribute to the Earth Mother since
the entrance stone has an apparent 2 metre vulva carved on it
and the interior is womb-like, yet when in use in the lambing
season the sun would penetrate throughout the barrow, touching
first the skull, then a real child's skull and finally the profiled
Entry is free and reached from the main road (A4) by walking
up a short track.
to Avebury run from Swindon, Devizes,
Marlborough and Salisbury.
Crop Circles in Wiltshire.
if you're lucky, it's early summer and aliens have been busy
so you may stumble across some crop circles
too. Wiltshire (county) is a popular alien graffiti zone, though they are hard to find as a) Extra Terrestrials have unpredictable habits and b) light planes are hard to come by.
This photo was, in fact, taken of a field near Murska Sobota, Slovenia (though the Bugcrew have seen crop circles in Wiltshire fields, sadly without a camera to hand).
If you wish to have a chat about all things alien and weird graphics in particular apparently those who orbit in crop circles
hang out at the Barge Inn, Honeystreet, Pewsey (town) Wiltshire, every summer, or have a look at these crop circle pictures.
Information on crop circles from the Telegraph newspaper.
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