A King's View

Walking trail

Archaeologist's highlight: "Approaching Stonehenge along the Stonehenge Avenue still evokes a sense of anticipation and wonder even after almost 4,500 years. It's a view too few people have experienced and a walk I never tire of."

Along the way

The part of the 1.7 mile long earthworks, Stonehenge Avenue, that is closest to the Stones follows the course of the natural geological features which align with the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset. The Stonehenge Avenue was built centuries before Stonehenge but the position of the earthworks may be the reason Stonehenge was built. The dense canopy of the 200 year old beech trees on King Barrow Ridge provide a perfect environment for rare plants, including helleborine and orchids and an important habitat for butterflies, moths, wood-boring insects and birds. Please note: Only assistance dogs are allowed on this walk. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stonehenge-landscape for more information.

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Start:

Stonehenge

1

From Stonehenge, cross the byway to the north west and go through the gate into the field. Head right and walk towards the burial mounds on the horizon.

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2

Once at the Cursus barrows go through the pedestrian gate. After reading the information panel leave through the pedestrian gate opposite the one you came in and turn right walking towards the byway again.

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3

Go through the gate and follow the byway left, away from Stonehenge.

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4

Take a right into the field at the next available gate; look to your right for a striking view of the stone circle. You have now joined the Stonehenge Cursus. Continue walking downhill along the route of the Cursus.

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5

Go through the gate at the valley bottom and head uphill keeping the fenceline with the conifers on your left.

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At the end of the field go through the gate and read the information panel to find out about the long barrow that lies hidden here. Continue on to a crossroads of paths and turn right along the bridleway.

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At the next junction, turn right through a gate and follow the grassy bridleway ahead. Follow the track around until you reach a line of ancient beech trees at New King Barrows for a fine view of Stonehenge and its surroundings.

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8

Retrace your steps until you reach the pedestrian gate on your left and enter the field. You are now following the course of the Stonehenge Avenue. Head in the direction of the Cursus Barrows. In the valley, known as Stonehenge Bottom, pass through the gate and walk towards the next information panel.

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From here, stay left of the panel and head in the direction of Stonehenge. As you walk uphill you will be able to see the banks and ditches of the Avenue leading towards the Stones. You are truly walking in the footsteps of our ancestors as they would have processed along the Avenue. End your walk by returning to Stonehenge.

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End:

Stonehenge

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Terrain

This walk follows hard tracks and gently sloping downs, as well as open access land along rights of way, with pedestrian gates. Surfaces can be uneven, with potholes or long tussocky grass. Dogs are welcome on a lead and under control as sheep and cattle graze the fields and there are ground nesting birds present.

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Contact us

Call 01672 539920 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stonehengelandscape.

If you would like this information in alternative formats, please call us on 01672 539920 or email stonehenge@nationaltrust.org.uk

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How to get here

Address
Stonehenge: Grid Reference SU 12248 42195
By road

To reach the Stonehenge Visitor Centre Car Park (not National Trust), driving west along the A303, exit towards Devizes at Long Barrow roundabout. At Airman's Corner take the third exit and the Stonehenge car park is on your right.

Parking: A parking charge will apply at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre (not National Trust). National Trust members free with a National Trust car sticker on display.

SatNav: The postcode for Stonehenge Visitor Centre Car Park is SP3 4DX.

By foot

Stonehenge Down is a 2 mile (3.2kn) walk from Amesbury. There are several routes along byways and bridleways, either across Countess Farm or Coneybury Hill. Larkhill is 1 mile (1.6km) away across bridleways. Durrington Walls is ¾ mile (1.2kn) from Durrington and 1½ miles (2.4kn) from Amesbury, along small roads and bridleways. From Amesbury you can use an underpass to get under the A303 roundabout, then use the pavements along the A345 (Countess Raod). Next to Woodhenge the old A345 still exists, running parallel to the current road, where you can safely walk along the grass verge near the top end of the roundabout.

By bus

Salisbury train station to Stonehenge Visitor Centre. To reach the landscape from Amesbury take the Activ8 or the X5 buses, check www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk/plan.a.journey/tourism/travelling-to-stonehenge for more details.

By bicycle

Cycling is a great way to get to the Stonehenge Landscape with some wonderful views along the way. Just keep to the byways and bridleways. Route 45 runs from Salisbury up the Woodford Valley to Amesbury, east of National Trust land at Stonehenge. It then travels north to Marlborough and Swindon.

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Facilities and access

  • Explore the ancient ceremonial landscape and wildlife surrounding Stonehenge.
  • Landscape guided walks, family events and workshops take place throughout the year. Please contact us before you visit.
  • Groups welcome - please contact us before you visit.
  • Assistance dogs only. The National Trust has recently created dog free zones in all fields that are grazed by sheep in the Stonehenge landscape where there is permissive access.
  • Further details and map of where dogs are allowed can be found elsewhere on this website.
  • Stone circle, visitor shuttle and visitor centre exhibition free to National Trust members if a pre-booked ticket holder. Please bring your membership card with you to the ticket kiosk (please note this does not apply to National Trust staff cards).
  • A visitor shuttle service from the English Heritage Visitor Centre includes an optional stop at Fargo Woodland (National Trust), which is a great place to explore and enjoy a picnic - under a mile to Stonehenge.
  • English Heritage Pay and Display car park at Stonehenge visitor centre is free to Trust members if a pre-booked ticket holder.
  • Please note that if you have not booked ahead you may not be guaranteed a parking space (particularly on weekends and during peak season). Limited parking at Woodhenge car park (free).
  • Café at Stonehenge visitor centre (English Heritage).
  • Toilets located at the Stonehenge visitor centre (English Heritage).
  • Stone circle audio guide available for ticket holders.