Whoever was the person behind Stonehenge was one dickens of a motivator, I’ll tell you that – Bill Bryson
While staying with Christian’s family just south of London, his Mum took us out for the day to visit a few heritage spots nearby – Avebury and the more infamous Stonehenge.
Avebury was a real highlight, mainly for the fact that you could get up close and touch the standing stones that formed the world famous stone circles, which date back about 5000 years! The grounds seemed to go on for miles, with undulating hills and dips, the large stones taking pride and place across the meadows. There was more than you could see in an afternoon, so we explored a few sections, then made our way back to the car, picking wild boysenberries along the road side.
Although not a true henge, there’s no denying that Stonehenge is certainly impressive. It was much smaller and more condensed than Avebury, but the strange way in which the structure is put together is incredibly intriguing – just trying to imagine how those large, heavy stones were transported and erected all those centuries ago will leave you scratching your head! The history of this heritage site remains unknown, only drawing more people to it – after all, everyone loves a bit of mystery. The site is now quite heavily regulated, and tourists are charged a fee to enter the area. Christian’s Mum was recounting the days when it was free and it wasn’t cordoned off like it is now. It can be a little disappointing to view it this way, but it’s all to ensure that this incredible landmark remains as such for years to come.
“Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated pre-historic stone circle in the world” – World Heritage Committee