The NBH 10 Challenge
"10 Marathons in 10 Months, in 10 Hours"
Marathon No. 8 - September 2014
Stonehenge to Avebury
26 miles miles (41.8km)
The magnificent prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury need little introduction. We start at the legendary icon of Stonehenge, the most famous stone circle in the world.
The start (Stonehenge) and end point (Avebury) are very time-consuming via public transport, and therefore we will be hiring taxis from Salisbury railway station to Stonehenge and from Avebury to Salisbury railway station.
I have allowed additional time for photos and rest stops, as there are lots to see on this route: Stonehenge, White horses, Avebury stone circles and crop circles.
Our challenging day starts with a taxi from Salisbury railway station to the Stonehenge World Heritage site, were you are able view and take photos of Stonehenge from outside the surrounding fence. We will allow about 30mins for photos etc., before we start our Stonehenge to Avebury marathon (26mile) hike.
We start by walking north along the Avon Valley to our west and the large expanse of the MOD training area to our east. We have permission to cross this land, which is a great experience and quite unique. This region of Salisbury Plain is used very little by walkers, and we can enjoy the flora and fauna that has been protected for decades from traffic and development.
We cross spectacular chalk down dotted with ancient earth-works, burial mounds and enigmatic white horses carved into the chalk. Our route takes in the highest point in Wiltshire (295m) and goes through the most active crop circle area in the world, so keep your eyes peeled!
We follow the Kennet & Avon canal east on a welcome section of flat land dotted with farms and hedgerows. Heading north, it's not long before we reach our half-way point close to the River Avon, before dropping down into the village of Alton Barnes.
Skirting a prehistoric long-barrow, we climb steeply up onto a ridge and follow this through beautiful countryside. We'll get up close to one of the white horses that make this area of chalk downland famous. This area is also acknowledged by enthusiasts as the world centre of crop circle activity; looking out for them will take your mind off your leg muscles as we traverse the hills and ridges!
Our route takes us close to the mysterious landmark of Silbury Hill – the tallest man-made mound in Europe, it is a very impressive sight. Its purpose however is still unknown.
Finally, we reach the outstanding stone circles at Avebury, a sight that is most unique.
We start to anticipate the finish line at Avebury, which lies at the centre of one of the greatest surviving concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in Western Europe. It is a unique landscape of stone circles, barrows and avenues.
Level: Intermediate (8/10)
Walk Pace: Medium to Fast (2.5mph)
Length: 26 miles (41.8km)
Duration: 12hrs (additional time for photos and rest stops)
Start and End: Salisbury Station
Food: Pack lunch/Snacks
Meeting Time: 6.15am.
Train departs from London Waterloo at 06.30 and arrives at Salisbury Station 08.05am. Returning to London Waterloo at 21.30.
Meet: next to the ticket office
Cost: £55 based on 30% discount for 3-9 adults sharing, on a "First Come First Share" basis. (Return rail travel from London Waterloo to Salisbury, Taxis from Salisbury to Stonehenge and Avebury to Salisbury railway station, PayPal, NBH costs and Organiser's fee).
THE ABOVE COST IS BASED ON 8-PEOPLE SHARING AN 8-SEATER TAXI ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST SHARE BASIS.
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS WILL BE CONFIRMED ONCE WE HAVE ENOUGH FOR A SECOND TAXI.
NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.
Things to bring:
Pack Lunch, Energy snacks and Water
Walking shoes / Boots
Compeed blister plasters
Spare boot laces
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for lunch and drinks)
2014 Marathon Walks:
February – Seven Sisters
March – North Downs Way
April – Lewes
May – Hangers Way (Extended)
June – South Downs Way
July – Brighton
August – The Chilterns
September – Stonehenge to Avebury
October – To be decided
November – London
NOTE: The above monthly marathon walks are subject to change due to weather conditions, transport, etc…
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