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Landscape Walking Trail

The Stonehenge Landscape Walking Trail is an eight-mile route through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England. 

The trail takes hikers past ancient monuments, archaeological sites and other features of the area’s unique landscape. 

It begins at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and winds through the Avebury Stone Circles, the Longstone Hill, and along the ancient Ridgeway path. 

Along the way, hikers can learn about the area’s rich history of farming, mining, and ancient monuments. 

The trail also provides spectacular views of the countryside and its many attractions, including

Here are the top sighting from the Landscape Walking Trail. 

Wildlife Spotting

The landscape is home to many animals, including deer, hare, a wide variety of birds and increasing diversity in flora and insects. 

Autumn highlights

Autumn highlights
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In autumn, the small woodlands turn golden and bronze as the ash and beech leaves turn. 

Exploring the woodlands will reveal different types of fungi, such as King Alfred’s cakes, earth stars and jelly ear and the grasslands are a good place to find toadstools. 

Meanwhile, the landscape’s hedgerows boast berry-rich bushes, such as hawthorn, buckthorn, spindle and wayfaring tree.

King Barrow Ridge 

King Barrow Ridge
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It is a great place to explore the woodland areas, with Bronze Age burial mounds standing among ancient beech trees, with views of Stonehenge and the downs. 

King Barrow Ridge is home to common lizards and slow worms living among the timeworn tree stumps. 

The long grass is a perfect hunting habitat for owls and the veteran trees provide great perches. 

The hazel coppice and mixed woodland provide shelter and food for small mammals, the great spotted woodpecker and the green woodpecker.

Durrington Walls 

It is a Neolithic henge, a gigantic bank and ditch, built to mark the area that had only a generation before been home to the builders of Stonehenge. 

Durrington Walls is a  vast circular earthwork 500m across Stonehenge and at one point, contained timber structures like nearby Woodhenge. 

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of houses, timber circles and a broad track flanked by banks and ditches leading to the River Avon. 

This suggests that celebrations such as feasts with domestic pigs took place there.

The Avenue 

It is an impressive bank-and-ditch earthwork more than 1.5 miles long. 

It may have been the ceremonial route and entrance to the stone circle – recent excavations suggest the Avenue even predates it. 

Though much eroded, it can still be seen on its final approach to the stone circle.

Winterbourne Stoke Barrows 

It is a resting place for some of the most influential people of the Bronze Age. 

This impressive barrow group contains every style of the barrow to be found in southern England.

The Cursus 

The Cursus is an enormous earthwork and one of the best preserved in Britain. 

It was built over 5,000 years ago using simple antler picks to dig out the chalk and earth. 

The vast rectangular enclosure stretches for nearly two miles and predates Stonehenge by hundreds of years. 

While its ceremonial or ritual use remains a mystery, many believe it may have been used for processions.

The Cuckoo Stone 

It is a mysterious unshaped lone sarsen stone found only a few meters from where it once stood upright. 

The Cuckoo Stone would have been the focus of rituals and ceremonies from the Neolithic period to Roman times. 

It’s rare to find examples of naturally occurring sarsen stones like this one. 

Most stones used at Stonehenge are thought to have come from the Marlborough Downs, which is 20 miles to the north.

Round Barrows 

Round Barrows
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They are giant mounds of chalk, earth or turf placed over burials and sometimes cremations during the Bronze Age. 

The Stonehenge Landscape contains the densest concentration of round barrows anywhere in Britain.

Fargo Woodland 

It is less than a mile from the stone circle, and on the way there on the visitor shuttle service. 

There are ancient burial mounds and lots of wildlife to discover in Fargo Woodland.

Featured Image: Nationaltrust.org.uk

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