This was my first visit to Avebury stone circle.
My brother and I stopped off at Avebury on the way to Pewsey from Yorkshire, he did not tell me we would be going and the sight as we approached the village took my breath away. I had seen pictures before of course, but nothing could prepare me for the sheer scale of the bank and ditch. they are enormous, and I do not just mean in circumference. The banks are generally the equivallent of three plus stories high, all built by hand with antler tools or similar, amazing. Then the stones themselves, many are just vast, double decker bus sized in many cases. This is a truly incredible monument. For someone used to having northern europes largest gothic cathedral in sight daily, it takes a lot to take my breath away, but the Avebury Circle did just that again and again as we wandered round it.
The National Trust run the car park a short walk from the stones, at £5 for a full day it is reasonable, however we arrived at about 3.30pm, so it seemed a little steep for so late in the day. However the monument itself is free and very well worth a visit.
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