Mysteries & Enigmas

The enigma of the famous Wiltshire crop circles, the claimed, by some, magical powers of the Avebury stones, the real purpose of Stonehenge, significant ley lines, Earth chakras, ghostly appearances or the many UFO sightings across the county ? Wiltshire has all this and more to capture the imagination... Come and explore these mysteries yourself.

1) Avebury (National Trust) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 15 minutes)

World-famous largest stone circle in the world and on-site museum at the heart of a prehistoric landscape, one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe, a World Heritage Site and rated as the world?s second best heritage site by travel experts.

2) Silbury Hill Avebury (English Heritage) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 15 minutes)

From around 2400 BC the largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids.

3) West Kennet Long Barrow (English Heritage) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 15 minutes)

One of the largest, most impressive and most accessible Neolithic chambered tombs in Britain. Built in around 3650 BC, it was used for a short time as a burial chamber, nearly 50 people being buried here. Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

4) Wansdyke Bank >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 15 minutes)

The Wansdyke a linear 5th century ditch and bank or linear defensive earthwork about 72 km (45 miles) long, one of the largest linear earthworks in the UK. Today it serves as a focus for many beautiful walks around Devizes and the Pewsey Vale.

5) Bratton Camp & White Horse (English Heritage) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 25 minutes)

The original Iron Age Hill Fort defences were built at Bratton Camp over 2000 years ago, whilst the White Horse is believed to have been cut into the hillside in the 16th century.

6) Stonehenge (English Heritage/National Trust) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 30 minutes)

Ancient ceremonial landscape of great archaeological and wildlife interest, a World Heritage Site. Stonehenge is the most important prehistoric monument in Britain. It is unique and there is nothing else like it anywhere in the world.

7) Cley Hill & UFOs (National Trust) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 35 minutes)

This is the site of an Iron-Age Hill fort which covers around 17 acres, one of several such sites in Wiltshire.

Apart from its interest as a pre-historic fortification, most latterly the site has become especially known for associations with sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects, and therefore attracts hundreds of visitors

8) Old Sarum (English Heritage) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 45 minutes)

Site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury the site contains evidence of human habitation as early as 3000 BC. A mighty Iron Age hill fort where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark.

9) Figsbury Ring (National Trust) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 50 minutes)

Neolithic and Iron Age site rich in wildlife, offering sweeping views of surrounding countryside.

10) Stanton Drew Circles and Cove (English Heritage) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1hr 10 minutes)

The village of Stanton Drew preserves the third largest collection of standing stones in England. There are three stone circles the Great Circle, at 113 metres (370 feet) in diameter, is one of the largest in the country:it has 26 surviving upright stones, although there may once have been up to 30.

11) Glastonbury Tor (National Trust) >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1hr 10 minutes) 

Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its pagan beliefs are still very much celebrated. It?s a beautiful place to walk, unwind and relax.

12) White Horses >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 10 minutes plus)

Wiltshire is, without doubt, the county of counties when it comes to white horses, although only seven of these are now visible.

Five of the horses lay close to one another within a five-mile radius of Avebury which lies in the very centre of the Wiltshire Downs;three further horses lie a short distance further away. All may be visited by road or via track-ways, the old lines of communication in this area. 

13) Crop Circles >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge - Varies)

Wiltshire is well known for its crop circles and much mystery still remains as to why they occur and the meanings behind their complex formations.

Crop circles in Wiltshire often occur around the heart of the county, usually first appearing in April and continuing into the summer months. People come all over the world to view these beautiful formations and Avalon Lodge is a great base to stay.


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