Day out: Avebury

27 Feb

Some very wise friends have given me good advice: when the sun comes out in England, drop everything and get outside.  Soak it up.  Revel.  Raise your face to the sky and store up your overdue recharge of solar power.  If you’re having a bad day, so much the better.   Get out of the house and plunge into the gorgeous scenery this country has to offer.

And so we took ourselves off to Avebury, Stonehenge’s slightly less well known, but far more approachable, sibling.

After keeping our distance at Stonehenge — on an overcast and chilly day — it was (dare I say it) brilliant to be able to walk among amid and through these monoliths.

The village of Avebury sits inside the large ring of stone and earthwork that make up the Henge.

Circumperambulation of the Henge requires crossing the main streets through the village.

In many places the original stones are missing or buried, and modern markers take their place.

One can walk up the great earthworks and look over the ditch, across the inner ring of stones.

Or turn around and from the top of the bank sigh over the Wiltshire countryside.

Or enter the museum and view the site as if you were an alien looking for a nice well-marked landing spot.

The museum includes some information shared by modern-day Druids, which seems very friendly.

At very nearly the center of the Henge is the Red Lion, and an average English Sunday Roast.

We sat next to the locally famous 17th century village well — covered with glass, so you can look down, down, down the 86ft to the bottom — where the dead body of adulterous Florrie was thrown after her murder by her husband.  Now her dark ghost occasionally haunts the pub.  No one ate at this table.  Hm, wonder why?

One of the many pleasing games we played while walking through the stones was shape spotting.  We found stones which looked like crowns; diamonds; chairs; and this one we thought looked like it had a heart.

It’s chilly, rainy and grey today — but I’m warmed just looking at these photos again.  Batteries: recharged.


19 Responses to “Day out: Avebury”

  1. Helen Gray February 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Oh, Avebury is one of my absolute favourite places in England! and the fact that there is a PUB in the middle of the circle, just so perfect!
    Yes, you are right, we must drop everything and run outside whenever the sun doth shine. Because usually the rain it doth raineth every day.

    • Monique February 28, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      That location is impossible to top, and it seems very English to have a place for a pint or a roast dinner in the middle of the Henge, rather than a gift shop. Two days of brilliant gorgeous sunshine, and now two days of rain and grey … but I see snowdrops and daffodils everywhere. Spring! It’s coming!

  2. unncle Jack February 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    This one is new to me. Thanks!

    • Monique February 28, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Honestly, you can’t go anywhere in this country without being amazed … =)

  3. competentmom February 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Did your Yorkshire Pud collapse?!?
    … still yummy anyway…

    • Monique February 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      It does look funny, doesn’t it? It was a sort of blobby pud, but def still yummy

  4. Zazzy February 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I have struggled some over the last year or so with the idea of a life list – the only thing I had on my list was to swim with dolphins. Your posts have made me add “live in Britain for a while.” I want to explore all these exciting places you post about – and not just on a quick vacation.

    • Monique March 1, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      I am starting to feel like we’ll never drag ourselves out of England and in to Europe … there’s so much to do and see here. I am hugely thankful to have the chance to explore at leisure.

  5. Selena February 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I loved Avebury! We visited last summer. I’d never heard of it, only Stonehenge. But, when I found out that you could actually “hug a rock” I knew we had to visit. Great pictures!!!

    • Monique March 1, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      “Hug a rock” — love it. Such a different experience from Stonehenge, and not only because of the pub in the middle.

    • Sarah March 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      Oh I wish I could post our rock hugging pictures! That is exactly what we did. I’m so glad you made it to one of my most favoritest places ever. ❤ We went at sunrise, so we did not have the pleasure of visiting the pub. Oh, I'm so glad I have a reason to go back! 🙂

      • Monique March 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

        Ooooooo, meet you there for a rock-hugging pint? It must have been amazing at sunrise. I love that one can just wandering around. The kids played hide and seek! Stonehenge feels so formal in comparison.

      • Sarah March 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

        I can see us now – hugging rocks, drinking pints, then back out for more rock hugging. hahaha!

  6. meghanfennMeg Fenn March 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Looks like you had a great day out! Yes, I agree, if and when the sun comes out in the UK you must take advantage because it’ll be gone before you even make your plans! And yes, there is so much to do and see here, I’ve been here for 11 years and still haven’t made it to Scotland! Been to Cornwall, Wales and the Lake District but not further North. Our problem is we don’t have the time – when we have holiday it’s to see family members either here, in Spain or in the USA. Doesn’t leave enough time for Britain!

    • Monique March 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Oh, poor England! I find so many locals feel like England has little to offer — o.O! They’re surprised when I tell them how busy and happy we’ve been, just exploring our own little corner of this country. But you worry, me, I want to get to ALL those places and more — will there ever be enough time?? =)

  7. Sarah March 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    By the way, do you think (as we did) that Silbury Hill is a landing spot for visitors? Or a viewing area for them after they complete their crop circles? Wait, did you not talk about the crop circles?? 🙂

    • Monique March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      I saw a bunch of photos of crop circles in the museum shop — alien landings would not surprise me, heh heh


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