Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Prehistoric Monuments

So on Sunday Alaric got me up before 7am and got in the car to head out of London to see a heap of Ancient monuments that are all within the same area. 

First stop STONE HENGE! We went on an audio tour of stone henge. See below the microsoft ish angle of the photo. It was very odd in that I almost wore shorts and Alaric was in shorts. There was not a cloud in the sky and it was pretty warm. 

We went to a pub for lunch, I had a beef pie which was the size of half an aussie family pie with just as many chips, gravy and steamed veggies. I ate most of it then didn't want to move. After finishing my beer however it was time to go walkies. And walk we did, lots of walking was had. Firstly we wondered around Avery which is a village inside a stone circle with big earthen walls/moat . We followed the avenue up the hill so see the processional way that was designed to guide people into the stone circle. We also wondered up a fairly step hill to a very impressive long barrow.

We got in the car and drove up to where the White horse is. We headed off in the opposite direction to the Wayland Smithy which is a long barrow. It's several miles up a path through the gorgeous English country side. See below the front of the long barrow.

We then wanted up another step hill to see the ruins of Uffington castle, all that remains is the modified ground; earthen walls raised with a moat Chanel. Then down the slop we went to see the white horse which is a chalk horse that has lasted since prehistoric times. It gets cleaned and re chalked annually.

13 hours later we arrived back home, I slept a little bit in the car on the way home. Due to traffic it took 3.5 hours to get home.

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