AVEBURY PREHISTORIC TRAIL
BWF PT No 256 -
Walk Organiser: Keith Burningham, Braemar, The Ham, Durrington, Salisbury, Wilts, SP4 8HW.
Tel 01980 653176
Walk Fee: £1.00
Start: Pay & Display car park, Avebury, SN8 1RF. [GR SU099696]. Free for National Trust members. Note closing time of car park, alternative free parking at Overton Hill on the A4.
The National Trust has temporarily closed the stone circle as the ground is waterlogged. It is hoped to be open again by mid April. This should not unduly impact on the route.
Leave the Avebury NT car park by the road entrance. Turn right along slip road, after 20m cross main road [care] and go through gap to left of wooden gate and join bridleway [blue arrow]. Go through small wooden gate and follow path straight on, with field on left and stream (sometimes dry) and then fence on right. Continue on path through two wooden gates, ignoring turning to right over bridge. Good views to Silbury Hill on right. Continue on this path over two stiles and through two wooden gates to reach the main road (A4). Cross this very busy road [care], turn left and after 20m turn right through metal kissing gate onto gravel path signposted West Kennett Long Barrow. Cross over bridge and go through metal kissing gate. Turn left and follow the path with fence on left and after 30m, by large oak tree on left, take the path to the right. Follow this path uphill between fields to the Long Barrow.
Q1. According to the information board at the Long Barrow, what types of stones were used in its construction?
Leave Barrow, retracing steps along same path downhill. At path T-
Q2. According to the information board, what is the walking time from the Sanctuary to Windmill Hill?
Return through gate and cross busy main road (A4) [care] into car park opposite. [ALTERNATIVE START POINT WITH FREE PARKING] You are now at the start of the Ridgeway National Trail. Follow Ridgeway track through wooden gate and continue for 700m. At a track junction, by Ridgeway signpost with white acorn emblems, turn left on Byway towards a clump of trees (National Trust Barrows). Bear right on unfenced track passing trees on left. At the end of the second large field on left hand side after the clump, you come to two large metal gates [usually open]. Turn left, following direction of blue National Trust footpath arrow on wooden post, onto wide grass path along edge of field by fence. At corner of field go through gap in hedge and continue in same direction alongside fence and hedge in next field to reach minor road. Cross road.
Q3. On wooden finger board, how far is it on foot to Silbury Hill?
Turn right through a new wooden gate and continue along wide grass path parallel
to road between two rows of standing stones [‘The Avenue’] for 850m. At end of
stones bear right towards tall trees to pass through small wooden gate. Cross road
with care and go through another gate opposite. Turn left on path alongside fence
to left of trees to reach stone circle. Walk through stones parallel to road on
left, heading on grass path towards Red Lion pub. Exit field at far end through
wooden gate opposite the pub. Cross road [care] and turn left in front of pub. [ALTERNATIVE
START POINT IF USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT]. Almost immediately after pub, take right
fork in road into village with toilets on right and Henge shop on left. With standing
stones on left turn right down track sign-
Q4. What are the summer opening times for the Keiller museum?
With museum ahead, turn left passing Avebury Manor on right and go through metal kissing gate. Follow path through church graveyard, at path junction by church bear right along side of thatched wall. Turn right through kissing gate by old street lamp. Follow track with cottage on left and wall on right. At minor road turn left with cottages on left and hedge on right. At road junction turn left along road past lychgate on left and The Social Centre (formerly village school) on right. Turn right along path signposted Car Park (with National Trust oak emblem). Follow path past stones and village sports field on left back to start point.
Route updated: 22 June 2017
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