Silbury Hill
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emma c
Wiltshire, UK72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This was an interesting place to visit. There are some lovely walks around the Hill but also great views of Silbury Hill from many different points.
I would recommend having a look online for some information about the Hill before you go or after you get back because there are some really interesting facts and folk law involving the Hill.
Its a mysterious but interesting place to visit
Written April 6, 2021
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GAlsager
Alsager, UK660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Another amazing site around Avebury. It's difficult to imagine the time and effort that went into making this hill and what inspired that investment so it's a spectacular site.

Access is relatively limited now, with a car park close by providing access to a viewing area but you can't get right up to the hill. Worth taking a few minutes to see.
Written September 24, 2021
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Marian B
Bratislava, Slovakia1,180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
first what you need to know, is that around this monument is a fence. We cannot entry to this hill. We can observe it from outside. Despite this limitation worth to visit this unusual monument built we dont know why and when. Its located close to most famous Avebury. I took a walk from Avebury circles and it took me around hour of slow walk.
Written April 9, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
As you can't go into or on the monument my 5 star rating is based purely on the appearance and awe it still inspires after thousands of years. I visited on an early morning and parked in the car park just next to Beckhampton.

The are two paths from the car park, the first to a viewing area with an information board and the second that does a loop around the monument. The second path was quite flooded and even with waterproof boots it was touch and go if I'd actually sink in and the water would go over the top! I took some photos and then walked back to the car park and along the road for a while before turning on to the hiking trail and walking through the field to view the monument from the other side.

I then continued up the hill towards Avebury and took photos looking down on Silbury Hill before continuing on to the avenue of stones leading to Avebury. This is a lovely walk and is only about a mile so well worth doing if you have time.
Written April 9, 2023
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Mr Curl
136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Magnificent place! A 100ft mound with a slightly mysterious past, you can get up real close to this but you can't climb it.
I walked here from Avebury via a bridal path, then walked back via Long Barrow and Kennett Avenue.
Written October 5, 2023
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Annie
Tidworth, UK1,815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I pass this daily and had to pop by to have a look. Free parking. 2 information boards and a short pathway to a viewing point. You cannot climb the hill. There are lots of other places to walk to and visit on the information boards. Avebury is close by.
Written March 24, 2024
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Mabel-the-Westie
Wiltshire, UK222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Stopped here for a bite to eat in our small campervan on the way back from our short break away. Car park has nice shaded area underneath trees. A short, flat walk to the viewpoint with an information sign about the hill and it’s history. Lovely spot for a picnic or to stretch your legs.

There is also a nice walk and views of the hill from nearby West Kennet Longbarrow and that’s worth a stop too.
Written July 21, 2020
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Sorcha
Belfast, UK109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
You cannot access this amazing edifice, as it's a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and sadly in a sorry state from various Victorian and later digs that have taken place. However you can get close enough for photographic purposes, and to read the info-board in the car park adjacent to the monument.

Archaeologists reckon that this was built in a number of phases, but they're still not sure what it was built for; nonetheless it makes a splendid addition to the overall landscape of this part of Wiltshire.

Build a quick stop into your visit to Avebury or West Kennet Longbarrow.
Written December 5, 2018
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Graham B
Graham B
Devizes, UK41,461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
As with West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill is considered to a part of the complex surrounding the stone circle at Avebury. It sits adjacent to the busy A4 route about 500 meters east of Beckhampton and one mile south of Avebury. It is a huge, artificial mound with a flat top, about 40 meters high and a base circumference of 530 meters. It is estimated that the mound comprises some 340,000 cubic meters of chalk and soil and its base covers slightly more than 2 hectares.

It was built in several stages, commencing in approximately 2700BC. The final phase saw the building of six concentric terraces which were then covered with chalk, rubble and soil to form a conical mound. Each of those six steps were concealed within the profile of the mound, with the exception of the last one which was left as a terrace and can be seen about 5 meters from the summit. Archaeologists estimate that in excess of 18-million man-hours would have been required to complete the structure.

Its use or purpose is still wrapped in mystery today; nobody can be really sure. There are theories and ideas that claim it to be a burial mound, a memorial to a monarch and a treasure vault. Ancient folklore tells of the Devil wanting to empty a huge sack of soil onto the town of Marlborough but was forced to drop it here by the sorcery of the priests at Avebury.

The first excavations took place in 1723 which unearthed some human bones and a horse’s bridle. Further work took place in 1776 and 1849 but clues were not forthcoming. In 1967, a new excavation got underway and although there were still no real ideas as to the hill’s function, radio-carbon dating placed the mound at about 4,600 years old. Evidence gleaned from preserved flying ants discovered embedded in the soil place the beginning of work to have been in late July or early August, in what was the Celtic festival of Lugnasadh at the start of the harvest season.

More recent studies have raised suggestions that Silbury Hill is a symbolic effigy of the Mother Goddess and could have been associated with fertility rituals, marking the course of the year. More interestingly still, the hill could have been used as an accurate solar observatory by using the mound’s shadows cast upon the flattened area of plain to the north of the hill. The meridian line from Silbury runs through Avebury church which itself sits astride the ley-line joining Stonehenge and the stone circle at Winterbourne Abbas.

Silbury is a centre for alignment of prehistoric tracks, resurfaced by the Romans and of stone circles. The Roman road from Marlborough to Bath runs directly towards the mound before swerving to avoid it. This indicates that the Roman roads followed existing tracks or ley-lines.

Whatever function it may have served, Silbury Hill stands as a mystery on the undulating plains of Wiltshire
Written October 11, 2012
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fatbear2000
Oxford, UK4,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
well, with poetic licence and apologies to Peter Gabriel, it is no longer possible to climb Silbury Hill to prevent further erosion of this neolithic monument.

A fascinating part of the prehistoric sites in and around Avebury, there is a useful information board situated in the viewing area just off the free carpark.

Experts still have no idea what the purpose of this man-made hill was, but it was very considerate of our predecessors to build it right by the side of the A4 !
Written May 21, 2016
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