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Stonehenge or Avebury? 5 months 6 days ago #3148674

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Do you remember wandering round Stonehenge before it was fenced off?
From what I see on TV these days it seems like a tourist cattle market. But I guess such is the way with many amazing places.
I prefer Avebury, where when the last time I visited the stones were still very accessible. Plus it has a pub in the middle. What is not to like?
Has that changed too?:dry:
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Stonehenge or Avebury? 5 months 6 days ago #3148697

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A dear old friend has lived within easy driving distance of both sites and I have often driven past or wandered around the stone circles at different times of day and different seasons in years gone by and I have fond memories of them both.

I visited Stone Henge just a year or two ago - it was the first time I'd been since they messed about with it and I wanted to cry - it was so depressing - what have English Heritage done to it?!
They have sucked out every last bit of mystery from the ancient Stones, with their by-pass, parking systems, visitor's centre, regimented pathways and bus-routes to and from the Stone Circle - It's a travesty. I hated it.

I haven't been back to Avebury for years - I think English Heritage run that too, so I daren't go now!
As I remember it, it was even more mysterious, wild and "laid back" than Stone Henge was - whenever I used to stop there in my youth, there were no set pathways and more sheep wandering around than people - I just hope EH haven't ruined that hisyofic site as well.

(ETA I meant to type "historic site" but my typo of "hisyofic site" sounds rather more erudite and mysterious , so I'm leaving it in! B) )
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Have you ever visited The Rollright Stones on the
Oxfordshire / Warwickshire border ? Or Arbor Low in The Peak District ? Not as big or splendid but equally atmospheric ? I visited Arbor Low early one morning in the morning mist and it was breathtakingly beautiful.
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Aida wrote: Have you ever visited The Rollright Stones on the
Oxfordshire / Warwickshire border ? Or Arbor Low in The Peak District ? Not as big or splendid but equally atmospheric ? I visited Arbor Low early one morning in the morning mist and it was breathtakingly beautiful.


I've visited the awesome Arbor Low during a walking holiday in the Peak District but I've never heard of The Rollright Stones.
I'm not familiar with that part of the Country - maybe an area worth exploring, so will bear it in mind. Thanks, Aida. :kiss:
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Aida wrote: Have you ever visited The Rollright Stones on the
Oxfordshire / Warwickshire border ? Or Arbor Low in The Peak District ? Not as big or splendid but equally atmospheric ? I visited Arbor Low early one morning in the morning mist and it was breathtakingly beautiful.


I had to google Arbor Low, but it looks amazing. Thanks Aida. Another place to visit!

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Last time I was at Avebury little seemed to have changed since my first visit over ten years ago. The stones were still freely accessible, certainly more elbow room than the bun fight that is Stonehenge these days.
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Us egocentric Brits forget Europe has its fair share of neolithic monuments. I'd recommend the Carnac stones in Brittany, truly wondrous on a foggy day.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnac_stones
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Mitchell's Fold, Stapely Hill, Shropshire. Another magical Stone Circle. English Heritage.
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Been to both.Found Avebury much more fascinating.But Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow are just as interesting.
I was at Stonehenge before it was fenced off and I was surprised how small it was.But to anyone who may be going do some proper historical research before you go -it will make your visit much more fascinating.Says the guy with the History degree.
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Aida wrote: Have you ever visited The Rollright Stones on the
Oxfordshire / Warwickshire border ? Or Arbor Low in The Peak District ? Not as big or splendid but equally atmospheric ? I visited Arbor Low early one morning in the morning mist and it was breathtakingly beautiful.


The first time I ever saw The Rollright Stones was on a cold and misty late autumn day, a few years ago. Only two of us there and it seemed so mystical, you could almost imagine the ancient worshippers gathered there.
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