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Stonehenge Landscape to hold series of winter walks

Posted on 30th January 2013

The National Trust has arranged a series of fascinating walks around the beautiful Stonehenge Landscape site, which will provide anyone enjoying Wiltshire cottage holidays over the next couple of months with a unique opportunity to explore this fascinating area of natural beauty away from the peak summer season.

Avebury, Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow

The Winter Archaeology Walks are scheduled to take place on four different dates between February 2nd and March 16th, and will provide a highly educational and excellent value day out; tickets cost only £5.00 per person and are completely free for all under 16s.

There can be no denying that Stonehenge is one of the most, if not the most, well known and mystifying of manmade structures to be found in any part of the UK, and has been officially inducted by UNESCO into their prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. What many visitors to the region may not yet be aware of, however, is that it is also surrounded by over 2,000 acres of tranquil yet dramatic countryside which is owned and managed by the National Trust.

As part of the organisation’s commitment towards keeping this area of land in good shape and sharing it with the public, a number of regular events are held there each year, and the upcoming Winter Archaeology Walks are sure to be some of the most interesting of 2013.

As well as giving you the chance to view the world famous stone circle from a distance, this three mile guided walk will provide guests with a wealth of information regarding the history of both Stonehenge itself, the people who would have lived in the area in centuries past, and the nearby Cursus, another manmade monument which is thought to pre-date its better known neighbour by hundreds of years.

So, if you are planning on staying at one of the many charming holiday cottages in Wiltshire over the quieter months, why not sign up for a spot on this great National Trust walk? Booking is essential for those taking part, so be sure to call Lucy Evershed on 01980 664780 soon to secure your spot.

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