Postcard: The Sacred Stones of Avebury, England

avebury england sacred stones

07 Aug Postcard: The Sacred Stones of Avebury, England

avebury england sacred stones

Avebury 3 by Gordon Robertson is licensed by CC BY 2.0.

England is full of idyllic areas for hiking and biking, including the Lake District and the Cotswolds. I’ve just returned from one of the most rewarding of these regions, the Salisbury Plain, located in the verdant southwest, about three hours by car from London. One of the highlights of my visit was a day in Avebury, an extraordinary place where 4,500-year-old Neolithic stones, grazing sheep and a contemporary village all share the same space. On the day of my visit the weather cooperated grandly, and billowing clouds set in a deep blue sky seemed somehow to mirror the ancient stones beneath them. These stones – which compose three circles, including the largest stone circle in Europe – are open to the public, and I was able to fulfill there my childhood fantasy of hugging a prehistoric rock, and to feel the ancient mana that emanated from its clefts and core. Afterwards, the child within me celebrated with an ice cream cone from the village souvenir shop — the perfect end to a time-bridging day.

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Don George
Don George is the Adventure Collection’s Web Editor in Chief. A highly respected and pioneering travel journalist for more than three decades, Don is the author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George," and of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing." Don is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and Special Features Editor for BBC Travel. He has also been Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications, Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, and founder and editor of’s travel site, Wanderlust. In addition to authoring two books, Don has edited ten literary travel anthologies, including “The Kindness of Strangers,” “An Innocent Abroad," and "Better Than Fiction." He has won numerous awards for his writing and editing, and he speaks, teaches, and consults at campuses, conferences, and corporations around the world.
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