Durrington Walls to Stonehenge

Walking trail

Ranger's highlight: " I love the mystery of this part of the landscape. The manpower needed to create Durrington Walls must have been phenomenal and to feed and house all those people must have taken structure, organization and a lot of forward planning."

Along the way

Durrington Walls is less well known than Stonehenge, yet it is one of the three largest henge monuments in Britain, all of which are in Wiltshire. At dusk, you may be treated to a sighting of the majestic barn owl, silently gliding across the fields. They feed on mice, voles and shrews and they regurgitate, as pellets, the fur and bone of their prey, that they are unable to digest.

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Durrington Walls to Stonehenge

Start:

Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7AR

1

Start your walk at Woodhenge. This Neolithic structure consisted of six rings of timber posts surrounded by a ditch and bank. The locations of these post holes are marked by concrete blocks. A young child buried at its centre in the Early Bronze Age may have been a sacrificial victim. When ready, leave Woodhenge and go through the pedestrian gate opposite Woodhenge and into the field. Continue walking downhill into the centre of Durrington walls.

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2

You are standing inside one of the three largest henges in Britain. In front of you are the remains of its enormous bank. Its ditch, which stood inside the bank, was six meters deep and was dug during the Neolithic age using picks made of red deer antlers. Next, turn left and walk up the slope towards the corner of the field where you will find a gate.

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3

Go through the gate, cross the road and through another gate. Walk past the Cuckoo Stone, a former standing stone which was a focus for Bronze Age cremation burials and continue onwards to the other end of the field, keeping to the right.

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4

Go through the gate and turn right following the track until you meet a crossroads of footpaths. Turn left and follow the gravel bridleway until you see a sign saying 'King Barrows' and then turn right. Follow the footpath round past the woods and you will see a pedestrian gate on your right hand side.

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5

Go through the gate on your right. You are now on the course of the Stonehenge Avenue. Head down the valley, known as Stonehenge Bottom and through the gate. Just before the interpretation panel, turn left, uphill, towards Stonehenge. If you look carefully you can see the banks of the original 4,3000 year old pathway either side of you.

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6

If you have collected your ticket from the Stonehenge visitor centre, head along to the monument.

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7

Once you are ready to move on, head towards the byway north of Stonehenge.

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8

Follow the byway north until you reach the bottom of the valley. Go through the gate on your right and walk up the hill keeping the fence on your left. You are now walking along the Stonehenge Cursus, a 5,500 year old Neolithic enclosure that stretches over 1.7 miles in length. Continue until you reach the end of the field.

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9

Go through the gate at the end of the field. You have now reached the same crossroads as you did at point 4. You can now retrace your steps to Durrington Walls by following steps 3 to 1 in reverse.

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End:

Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7AR

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Durrington Walls to Stonehenge

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.

Durrington Walls to Stonehenge

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Durrington Walls to Stonehenge

How to get here

Address
Durrington Walls: Grid Reference SU 15108 43423
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 to Stonehenge

Facilities and access

  • You will find a full range of facilities at Stonehenge.
  • Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stonehenge-landscape for details.