I’ve meaning to post about my visit to Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire for ages.Me and my mum went a couple of days after me and the kids went to St.Martin’s Church, Corsham and Corsham Court Lake, House And Gardens back during Easter.It was a cold week, the day we went (the kids were with their dad), it was really grey and dull.We even had on an extra layer of clothes and wore coats and gloves and hats.
When we came back, I was a bit disappointed on how my photos had turned out.I’ve had a sticky note in my planner ever since, reminding me to just do the post but it kept getting moved to another week.As I’m trying to build up a picture of where I live and its surrounding area, I decided that I would post them.After seeing that Google+ had made a couple into black and white, it seemed the best way to go with the others.
We took the Swindon bus from London Road Chippenham to Calne.Then we caught the Malmesbury bus from the bus stop outside Sainsbury’s.It’s quite a long scenic route but very pretty nevertheless.We were dropped off just down from the infamous Red Lion Pub just a walking distance from Avebury Stone Circle, a clean and modern pub with a cottage feel is how I would describe it.They serve your usual beers, ales, wine and spirits and hot beverages.The restaurant food is second to none.I went for a pumpkin, smoked cheddar, thyme and chilli burger with sweet potato chips.They were sooooo good.
Avebury Stone Circle is a neolithic henge dating back to 2600 BCE, older than Stonehenge which is just over 20 miles away.Walking around the stone circle you come across magnificent Beech trees, where people lay flowers at the tree base and tie ribbons on the branches as ritual offerings.These Beech trees are infamous for the beautiful exposed root system that has sprawled along the side of the path.
The wind picked up a bit as we walked around after an hour or so, we headed back to the Red Lion Pub for a coffee to warm up before heading out to St.James church before we took the bus home.
Avebury is a very peaceful village, except the weekends of the Druid Gorsedd- February 1st (Imbolc/Candlemas) , March 20th-24th, (Eostre- Spring Equinox) May 1st (Beltane/May Day), June 20th-24th (Litha- Summer Solstice) , August 1st (Lammas/Lughnasadh) , September 20th-24th (Mabon-Autumn Equinox), October (Samhain) 31st and December 20th-24th (Yule- Winter Solstice).It’s not rowdy, just very busy and parking at the Red Lion becomes problematic especially at the Summer Solstice.You can read more here about the Druid festivals , Wicca and Witchcraft and general Pagan religions.
Red Lion, High Street, Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF
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