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Durrington Walls, Stonehenge Landscape walk

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Explore the link between two of the most important henge enclosures in the country in a less well-known part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

An easy walk around the largest complete henge in Britain

While the Stonehenge Stone Circle is known to have been a place of burial in Neolithic times, Durrington Walls was a place where people lived for part of the year and held feasts and rituals. Both sites were in use more than 4,500 years ago.

Durrington Walls, Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire

Map

Map route for Durrington Walls, Stonehenge landscape walk

Start:

Woodhenge car park, grid ref: SU151434

1

At Woodhenge car park, go through the gate nearest to you and into a field. Walk downhill into Durrington Walls (taking care of rabbit holes).

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2

At the centre of Durrington Walls, looking around you, you can appreciate the nature of this henge as an enclosed valley. However, most activity here happened before the henge was built. Standing here then, 4,500 years ago, you would have been viewing several shrines around the slopes. Next, turn left and walk to the corner of this field. Pass through gates either side of the road, heading towards a low rock.

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3

The Cuckoo Stone is one of very few stones in the area that is made from sarsen most local rock is chalk or flint. From here, continue forward, keeping the fenceline on your right, to the next gate.

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4

You're now on the route of the old military railway between Amesbury and Larkhill, turn right and follow the path.

5

When you reach a crossroads and National Trust sign to King Barrow Ridge, turn left and follow the shaded bridleway.

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6

On reaching the next junction, turn right through a gate to continue along the ridge, crossing the Stonehenge Avenue on your way to a line of 200-year-old beech trees and a fine view of Stonehenge. At winter solstice, Neolithic people may have marked the occasion of the midwinter sunset at Stonehenge, before travelling to Durrington Walls to celebrate the new sunrise.

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7

Continue forward to New King Barrows, a fine row of early Bronze Age burial mounds, originally capped in white chalk so they would have been visible from a distance. Return to point 6, turn right and follow the stony track to point 8.

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8

Take a left turn through a gap in the hedge to join the old military railway once more. This leads back to the gate in the corner of the Cuckoo Stone field.

9

Head across the grassland to Woodhenge and back to Woodhenge car park.

End:

Woodhenge car park, grid ref: SU151434

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Durrington Walls, Stonehenge Landscape walk

Terrain

A circular walk across open access land and along rights of way, with pedestrian gates. The ground is uneven in places, with a few short, steep slopes.

Dogs are welcome on a lead and under control, as sheep and cattle graze the fields and there are ground-nesting birds.

Durrington Walls, Stonehenge Landscape walk

Contact us

Durrington Walls, Stonehenge Landscape walk

How to get here

Address
Woodhenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7AR
By train

Salisbury station, 9 miles (14km) from Woodhenge car park.

By road

Woodhenge car park is 1.75 miles (2.8km) north of Amesbury, follow signs from A345.

By bus

Wilts & Dorset X5, between Salisbury, Pewsey, Marlborough and Swindon; service 16 from Amesbury, request stop at Woodhenge.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 45 runs south-east of the property.

Durrington Walls, Stonehenge Landscape walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on a lead and under control