Yesterday we went for a drive and reached Stonehenge near Amesbury in Wiltshire – M23/M25/M3/A303.. strait across at the roundabout. No map, no camera. Something been thinking about for a while and yesterday seemed the day.
Got a little worried going the right way just after turn off to Salisbury and pulled down a small road and asked directions near a thatched cottage and someone with a broad Wiltshire accent told me it was just five minutes away back on the road we had come from. Clue we were close – was a new build food court called ‘Solstice Station’.
Suddenly the traffic slowed and just to our right was the ancient stone circle surrounded by what looked like a circle of moving stones that turned out to be people as you got closer. One thing we noticed driving past on other side in direction of Bath was a very elegant pig farm which looked like they had their own special mud huts
The stones stand on Salisbury Plain – drive a little further and you will arrive in Bath then Bristol.
To see them close up you carry on past and turn off to the right and park some distance away. Think it costs just under £15.00s to see them but with English Heritage or National Trust Card – its free
You can catch a bus or walk. We jumped off at Fargo Wood and walked the rest of the way. This way you walked past ancient burial mounds/barrows as you approach the stone circle. Read that in this time, people wanted to be buried within sight of Stonehenge. The main approach thousands of years ago was from the north east, through the Avenue past the Heel stone and begins at the river Avon
This was maybe the second time i had visited the stones. Solid and magnificant, standing in a timeless landscape of poppys and skylarks.
So many people from all over the World circling these ancient stones but there wasnt lots of noise. Thats the funny thing
Wondered what it would have been like to be here long time ago at dawn or dusk or just without so many people. Read afterwards Stonehenge was sold in 1915 for £6,600s and that Druids didn’t emerge until 1000 years after Stonehenge was abandoned, so a myth that the Druids built this stone circle though they may have spent time here.
We didnt stay long and walked back along the ancient path to our car – think this was the best for me. Walking with my son – not talking much just listening to the skylarks and feeling an unusually warm afternoon breeze across Salisbury Plain. Picked wild flowers to keep and found a very small piece of chalk. Had a passing thought of bringing a slightly larger stone back with us…..
Looking back – the stones soon disappeared from view and just the clutter of maybe a new dig infront of them and a long line of people waiting for the bus to go back.
Thought about the ending of Tess of the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy – wont say incase you havnt read it and also my mum, who told me she had cycled there on borrowed bone shakers with her friend from Latvia Rasma who were training to be nurses at Bournemouth, 40 miles away. My mum remembers sitting on one of the stones in the ring, very tired after 6 hours cycling, eating hard boiled eggs given to them from their patients own hospital food.
Journey back for us of 115 miles took just under 2 and half hours, no stops althou M25 very snarled up
The funniest thing – the person operating the small bus we took some of the way to the site, sounding Scandinavian – said when we pushed the button in advance requesting to be let down along the way… “the bell has been pushed, you will be let down at the proper place, not before”
It was all very organised – felt a small wish to run past the ropes at the site and touch the stones, but i didnt