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This 6-mile circular walk crosses sweeping downland, passes important prehistoric sites and visits the world-famous Stone Circle at Stonehenge.
You’ll walk through a beautiful green landscape from the pretty town of Amesbury that sits on the banks of the River Avon, with the undoubted highlight of the route being the chance to explore one of the world’s best-known prehistoric monuments.
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The iconic Stone Circle is the centrepiece of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, dating back some 4,500 years. There are many myths and legends about how the standing stones arrived in Wiltshire, but whatever the truth is Stonehenge remains an absolute masterpiece of engineering by people who would have used basic tools almost unimaginable today.
Your walk starts in unspectacular fashion by burrowing beneath the underpass at the A303 roundabout, but after that it’s countryside and landmarks all the way. You’ll pass Old King Barrows cemetery before heading along The Avenue to Stonehenge, where you’ll need to buy a ticket from English Heritage if you want to enter.
Your return journey crosses the 3km-long Neolithic Cursus monument, which predates Stonehenge itself by several hundred years, before following a stretch of dismantled railway back to Amesbury.
This route was voted 87th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Quite simply, one of the most impressive and important walking routes in Britain. Stonehenge must be seen to be believed!