A circular, half-day countryside walk in England starting at Avebury, Wiltshire, about 8km (roughly 5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Stonehenge may get the coach parties, but for a more peaceful walk in one of Wiltshire's many prehistoric sites, take the bus to the village of Avebury. A stone circle spreads out in the countryside near the village, and exploring the whole ring makes for an enjoyable half day's walking. Start: Avebury, OS Grid: SU100698 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 99m (327ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 204m (670ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 104m (343ft)
Max. Elevation: 220m (721ft)
Start in the village of Avebury. There is a small museum in the village with information on the archeology of the site, which is a World Heritage site. Look for the signs in the village pointing to the stone circle.
Head northeast out of the village, past Manor Farm and onto Avebury Down. The path goesgently uphill before meeting the Ridgeway track.
Upon leaving the village, the path joins the Ridgeway - an ancient track along a chalk escarpment that is thought to be the oldest road in Britain.
Follow the Ridgeway south to Overton Hill. Cross the A4 to reach The Sanctuary, an ancient burial mound.
Just past West Kennet is Silbury Hill. This is an ancient burial mound, and the tallest human-made mound in Europe. Beat that, Stone Henge.
Follow the path along Waden Hill back to the village. Some of the most interesting stones are near the road, so take time to wander down and explore them.
If you missed it the first time, do visit the Alexander Keiller Museum. If my memory of childhood visits serves me well, there is a fossilised skeleton in there! And the good old National Trust reduce the ticket price if you came by bus. Which you did, of course!