The standing stones have a powerful, mystical field about them.
Perhaps it is the thought that many men over the last three
thousand years have shared the experience. There is much evidence
of human habitation over the millennia; we walk past burial mounds
and long barrows. Each adds to the sensation that man has lived and
worshipped on this ground since the beginning of history.
We have many things to explore on our time in the south west.
We will spend a day walking amongst the prehistoric landscape
around Avebury village. Highlights are the aforementioned stone
circle and Silbury Hill, of similar size and contemporary to the
Pyramids in Egypt. The area here is littered with ancient remains,
aside from the above we should have time to visit West Kennet
Long Barrow, one of the most significant and best preserved burial
chambers in Britain.
We visit the beautifully preserved village of Lacock, largely
owned by the National Trust and well known as period film location.
Fans of Downton Abbey may well recognise some views. Lacock
Abbey, as well as being a beautiful building in its own right is also the place where the first ever photographic negative was taken by
William Fox Talbot.
Finally we visit Bibury and walk in the surrounding Cotswold
countryside. The village is full of chocolate box appeal with buildings
made of the local honey coloured stone. Apparently Emperor
Hirohito of Japan was impressed when he stayed a night here. If it’s
good enough for an Emperor it’s certainly good enough for us.