The Stonehenge Landscape

EXPLORE THE STONEHENGE LANDSCAPE:

Stonehenge does not stand in isolation, but forms part of a remarkable ancient landscape of early Neolithic, late Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments. The best way to appreciate Stonehenge is on foot. You can enjoy the impressive Wiltshire countryside while exploring the ancient history that has shaped it. Follow in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and discover the prehistoric monuments that fill the vast ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge.

Stonehenge has far more than ther stone circle. It encompass unrivalled Neolithic landscapes that contain many other fascinating and unique monuments. You could easily spend a whole day in either part of the World Heritage Site.

At Stonehenge, look for the National Trust information boards placed at key monuments in the landscape. Why not stop at Fargo Plantation when you take the visitor shuttle and use the information boards there to help you explore the surrounding landscape, walking towards the Cursus, Cursus Barrows, King Barrows and the Avenue. The orientation leaflet you receive with your tickets at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre shows key monuments in the landscape.

Containing more than 350 burial mounds and major prehistoric monuments such as the Stonehenge Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls, this landscape is a vast source of information about the ceremonial and funerary practices of Neolithic and Bronze Age people.

It can also help our understanding of regional and international contacts from the 4th to 2nd millennia BC, and shed light on how prehistoric society was organised.

The National Trust has downloadable self guided walks of the Stonehenge Landscape and at Avebury there are publications available in the museum and gift shop.

VisitWiltshire have a number of walks on their website. Walks 12 and 13 explore the southern and less well known part of the Stonehenge WHS. VisitWiltshire also have a page on cycling routes in the County – have a look at routes 1 and 4!

In November 2013 Channel 4’s Walking Through History with Tony Robinson featured a walk from Avebury to Stonehenge. Click here to download their walking guide.

Please visit the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage website for further information

STONEHENGE LANDSCAPE TOURS

There are some specialist guided walking tours that visit Stonehenege and other Neolithic monuments in the Stonehenge landscape area.

- Visit Woodhenge and Durrington Walls where the builders of Stonehenge are believed to have lived.
- See the site of the recently discovered Bluestonehenge
- Visit Woodhenge and Durrington Walls where the builders of Stonehenge are believed to have lived.
- See the Cursus, and take a walk along the Avenue and get one of the most interesting views of Stonehenge

- Visit Woodhenge and Durrington Walls where the builders of Stonehenge are believed to have lived.

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