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Stonehenge Landscape Walks

Posted: 2009-06-03

Stonehenge Landscape Walks

I just had an email from Lucy Evershed, the Project Officer for the Stonehenge Landscape. While she [rightly] called me on the fact that the Stonehenge Landscape (NOT the same thing as the famous stone circle) was missing from Brtain Express, she also let me know of some interesting guided walks around Stonehenge Landscape that sound really nifty.

We now offer walks throughout the year, a great way to complement your visit to the stone circle and learn about the latest discoveries (as seen on Time Team!). Learn about ancient peoples, hidden histories and the changing landscape with a National Trust guide. Lasting around 1½ hours, walks are free but all donations are welcome. Contact the office to book on 01980 664780 or stonehenge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Among the walks on offer is: Flowering Fields Walk, 28 June 2009

Join us on a walk to explore the diversity of downland flora and wildlife. Find out about the National Trust's role in a huge project to put ploughed land back to species-rich chalk grassland within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Walk to last around 2½ hours. Adults £3, children £1. Booking essential on 01672 539167.

It sounds like a good way to get an expert view on the extraordinary landscape that surrounds the famous stone circle. For those who might not realize it, Stonehenge stone circle is just one of the many fascinating pehistoric sites withinin a relatively small area on the Wiltshire Downs near Amesbury.

An area of over 800ha, called the Stonehenge Landscape is under the ownership of the National Trust. Within this larger landscape are a multitude of ancient sites, including Durrington Walls, the largest henge monument in England. There are also several Bronze Age cemeteries, and barrow mounds galore. Footpaths criss-cross the site, and offer great views over Stonehenge circle itself.


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