A visit to Avebury, West Kenneth Long Barrow and Marlborough in Wiltshire



Autumn is the best season to enjoy the colours of the English countryside, so as soon as I can, I try to have a walk around small town called Marlborough in Wiltshire .

Marlborough is known for its expensive and prestigious college, its English traditions, its Polly tea shop where famous actors tried his tea experience and its beautiful shops.

I think Marlborough is one of the best places to live in England.

After a walk in the town and a fast lunch in one of its numerous coffee shops, I suggest a visit to West Kenneth Long barrow, an impressive neolithic chamber tomb where 50 people were buried in the past.

This is a Wish Tree where people come to express their wishes
A wishing tree near Avebury

It is still in very good conditions, the entrance is free and from the hill, you can have a beautiful view of the green hills, beautiful fields and Sidbury hill.

West Kenneth Long Barrow

This tomb was built around 3650 BC and used for 1000 years. The tomb was closed around 2000BC but was firstly excavated in 1859 and finally restored in 1955. It is part of the Avebury World Heritage site.

After a walk around the fields, you can arrive at another important historical centre called Avebury. It is a prehistoric henge probably built in the same period of Stonehenge.

This henge and stone circles is one of the most important marvels of prehistoric Britain.

Avebury henge

It was probably built during the neolithic period between 2800 and 2500 BC.

The henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain — originally of about 100 stones — which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles. It consists of a huge circular bank and ditch with four causewayed entrances and an inner circle of upright stones enclosing a further two stone circles, each with a central feature. A double avenue of stones leads away from the southern entrance towards The Sanctuary stone circles on Overton Hill, about a mile to the south-east.

Avebury is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that seemingly formed a vast sacred landscape. They include West Kenneth Avenue, Windmill hill and the mysterious Silbury hill.

At the end of the walk, good beer is always suggested in the Red Lion Pub of Avebury .

Thanks for reading 

Published by lauraartist68

Artist, photographer ,model , blogger , creator and fashion designer based in Bristol . I live for art

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