You can sense an ancestral pull, a call from the distant past, as you wander round the windswept stone circle of Avebury. These stones speak clearly of the deeply held beliefs of our forebears, lost in the mists of time, but surely of the utmost importance. In this part of Wiltshire, there is much evidence of human habitation over the millennia – the long barrows where they buried their dead, the mysterious Silbury Hill, a wonder that’s contemporary with the Egyptian pyramids. In this prehistoric landscape, you feel that you’re walking back in time, sharing the land with those who lived, loved and worshipped here so long ago.
There is much of both the ancient and the modern worlds waiting to be discovered in England, one of the most diverse countries in the world. At the top of the country in the North East, far away from the crowds, Northumberland offers spectacular coastal and inland scenery, bracing air, wide sandy deserted beaches, haunting castle ruins, abbeys and the spirituality of Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. Down south, you can share the views of the English shores that many generations of sailors have seen as they set sail for foreign lands, as you explore the Valley of the Dart – it’s beautiful, and also a little wistful. For more adventure, experience the thrill of sailing by yacht and rib boat, or target shooting, segway and quad bike riding. Or take up Nordic walking, or landscape photography. Or simply relax on a spa break in the rolling South Downs.
Find out how wonderful England is on a Chapters Experience Holiday.