Druid rituals at Avebury Henge for summer soltice: ViewRanger's National Trust Walk of the Month

Posted on 17/06/2013

Circle_caption.jpgSummer Solstice is on Friday 21st 2013. Why not celebrate the longest day of the year in true druid fashion with this National Trust walk at  Avebury henge monument.

 

Avebury is home to the largest stone circle in Britain, which was built around 4600 years ago. The stone circle is over 300 metres in diameter, and is thought to have been built for rituals to appease the powers of nature – such as winter cold, death and disease. As a result it is of great importance to contemporary Pagans, as well as a popular tourist destination.

 

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We recommend you try Steven Doman’s Avebury World Heritage Site Circular route. Steven’s 5 mile circular walk takes in the Avebury Manor and church as well as the famous stone circles.

 

There is also an opportunity to visit the Avebury museum, located in the 17th century stables gallery. The museum displays prehistoric artefacts found at the National Trust site including flints, pottery and human remains.

 

Steve’s walk also passes by the National Trust café, which provides a good rest after a day of exploration. The route also contains directions to reach the local pub if you fancy a bite to eat after your day out. The on-site National Trust gift shop also provides an opportunity to pick up a memento of the day.

 

The route is available to download onto your phone via the ViewRanger app. Click here for more information.

 

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If you do visit Avebury Henge this summer, try out Steve’s walk and let us know what your highlight of the day was here.

 

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