Walking the Dead : Exploring the Stonehenge ceremonial landscape
10:30 am, Saturday, 02 August, 2014
A guided tour of the amaxing collections of the Wiltshire Museum, followed by a guided walk from Durrington Walls to Stonehenge. This full day tour will be led by Museum Director, David Dawson. The walk was featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph Travel section by Sophie Campbell.
The morning visit to the museum starts at 10.30am and the walk begins at 2pm. We should reach the Stonehenge Visitor Centre at about 5.30pm.
** NEW DATE ADDED **
The walk on 2 August is almost sold out and we have added a new date on Saturday 20 September.
The day begins with coffee and a guided tour of the Wiltshire Museum. The museum tells 500,000 years of Wiltshires story in a brand new £750,000 gallery featuring high quality graphics and leading-edge reconstructions.
On display for the first time are dozens of spectacular treasures dating to the time of Stonehenge and worn by people who worshiped inside the stone circle.
The tour visit is followed by a light lunch and minibus transport to the start of the walk, if required.
The walk will take approximately 3.5 hours, and starts at Durrington Walls and Woodhenge, close to the River Avon. The route passes the Cuckoo Stone, a megalithic standing stone, before following the Apple Track - a WW1 light railway. The route then passes the prehistoric Cursus, before passing the Bronze Age barrows of Kings Barrow ridge.
The route then follows the Avenue - the neolithic ceremonial route that leads to Stonehenge following the line of the solstice line.
At Stonehenge, you have three options:-
1. Visit Stonehenge. This is free for English Heritage and National Trust members, but is not included in the cost. If you are not a member, then you should book your visit online from the English Heritage and you should choose a timed ticket for about 4.30 pm. You can then take the English Heritage shuttle bus to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.
2. Continue to the Cursus barrows and the Western end of the cursus, before continuing to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.
3. Take the English Heritage shuttle bus to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and purchase a well-earned snack and cup of tea.
At about 5.30, at the end of the walk, there will be minibus transport back to your car at the start of the walk, or back to the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes.
Cost: £35 (member), £40 (non-member)
Please note that the cost does not include entrance to Stonehenge.
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