June 28, 2014 · 5:45 PM
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*THOSE EATING ARRIVE AT 5.45PM PROMPT. THOSE JUST DOING WALK ARRIVE 7.20PM PROMPT. WE WILL CAR SHARE TO PARK AT WOODHENGE TO START WALK AT 7.30PM.* I am away for the summer solstice weekend in Glastonbury camping with friends. But I thought it would still be nice to do a sunset walk around Stonehenge in the same week. The 28th June still sees the sun setting at 9.22pm the same as on the solstice weekend. Its the last day before we see the hours of daylight reduce albeit by a small amount a day.
We will start this meet up by having an evening meal at the Amesbury Archer Harvester at 5.45pm. I will need to book a table so please let me know if you want to join us. Otherwise, if you just want to do the walk, we will meet outside the Amesbury Archer at 7.20pm. There is a large car park at the services. We have run several events from here before. So many of you know where it is.
We will start this magnificent walk through ancient history at Woodhenge which dates from 2300 BC and is a Neolithic henge and timber circular monument. Then onto Durrington Walls where you will stand in the biggest complete Henge in Britain.
Then we will go and visit the mysterious solitary Cuckoo Stone before making our way to King Barrow Ridge. There you will see Bronze Age burial mounds that stand among ancient beech trees, with views of Stonehenge and the downs. You can see them to your left or south east of you. These are the only barrows that have not been excavated as they were covered by trees until a storm hit in 1990. Then we will walk down the impressive Avenue 1.5 miles long to Stonehenge. This may have been the ceremonial route and entrance to the stone circle.
We will then make our way back via the Cursus which is a huge rectangular earthwork enclosure predating Stonehenge by 500 years.
And on to the old railway line that used to be Lark Hill Military Light Railway (LMLR). It ran through the landscape from Amesbury to Larkhill and on to the Stonehenge aerodrome from 1914 until 1929. It was built as an extension to the existing Amesbury-Bulford railway in response to the increase in military activity during the First World War.The line to Stonehenge closed in 1923, with the LMLR closing completely in 1929. We will then return via the Cuckoo stone back to Woodhenge.
To see the menu for the Amesbury Harvester, please go to the link below: