👣 Hiking Avebury

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Travel back in time with us 6,000 years!

This weekend we’re off to Avebury UNESCO World Heritage Site to hike one of the greatest surviving concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in Western Europe! Listed together with Stonehenge as a single UNESCO World Heritage Site, Avebury presents a much more intimate experience compared to Stonehenge as you can see the stones up close and actually touch them and it’s completely free! Avebury stone circle is older and far, far larger than Stonehenge!

On this hike, we will pass the world-famous Avebury stone circle – world’s largest known stone ring, the West Kennet Avenue of standing stones, the West Kennet Long Barrow – one of the most impressive and longest in the British Isles burial mounds, and mysterious Silbury Hill – the largest man-made prehistoric mound in Europe.

Most of our route will follow the ancient Ridgeway trail, often described as Britain’s oldest road, having been used for nearly 5,000 years by travellers, armies and herdsmen.

The hike will finish in the legend-shrouded 400-year-old Red Lion pub in the charming village of Avebury. The pub is in the Top Ten list of the most haunted pubs in the UK 👻!

  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury
  • 👣 Hiking Avebury

Hike Highlights:

  • Visit the world-famous Avebury stone circle – world’s largest known stone ring and (fun fact!) the only stone ring in the world to contain a pub inside it (we’re going to visit it at the end)! Built around 2,600 BC, the stone circle measures 330m across and is 16 times larger than Stonehenge.
  • Walk the West Kennet Avenue – a ceremonial avenue of standing stones, nowadays about 800m long, that used to connect the stone circle at Avebury to the Sanctuary.
  • See Silbury Hill – the largest man-made prehistoric mound in Europe, around 37m high, 30m across its top and about 500m around its base. It was built around 2,400 BC.
  • Discover West Kennet Long Barrow. Built around 3,650 BC, it is one of the largest and most impressive Neolithic chambers in Britain.
  • See Hackpen White Horse – a massive 90ft by 90ft chalk hill figure of a white horse, carved to commemorate Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838.
  • Enjoy fantastic panoramic views from the high grounds of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Hike along the Ridgeway National Trail, following Britain’s oldest road.

Distance: 15 miles (24 km).

Ascent: 300 metres.

Difficulty: Challenging.

The hike is mostly flat with a small number of hills, suitable for people with a medium or excellent level of fitness.

Itinerary:

08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 11:00-18:00 hiking along the Ridgeway, past Avebury UNESCO World Heritage Site, drinks in the 17-th century Red Lion pub inside the stone ring; 18:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith.

Food:

We will stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike, so please bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike, we will head for drinks to the legendary 17-th century Red Lion pub, one of the most haunted pubs in the UK with a few residing ghosts 👻!

Safety:

This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader.

What to bring:

  • suitable hiking shoes and clothes
  • packed lunch
  • water

We will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking 😊!

Additional information:

If you’d like to walk at a faster pace than the group, we recommend to download the Maps.me app on your phone. All maps in the app are offline, which means that you’ll be able to use them without an internet connection or in places with poor reception. The Maps.me app is free and is very easy to use. On the day, I will explain how to use the app and share the GPS route of the hike. For more details on how to download the app see here.

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