archaeology, Avebury, birthday celebration, Chalk Downs, England, holiday, My Friend Lauren, photography, Ridgeway Walk, vacation, Wiltshire
The Ridgeway Walk is an 87-mile trail across Southern England that begins at Avebury, a modest but very cool version of Stonehenge (or at least, a different set of giant stones in an even giant-er circle) For My Friend Lauren’s birthday, we did 24 miles of the walk, beginning in Avebury, over two days. It was a larger chunk of the walk than we thought we were doing (day 1 was 11 miles instead of 6.6…oops) but the walk was beautiful.
The Ridgeway Walk is very cool for a few reasons:
1. Its beautiful
2. Avebury, which is pretty famous
3. Hill forts! We walked through three hill forts and a burial site in two days
4. White Horse Hill, Uffington, a prehistoric sculpture of a horse wherein the land has been scraped away to reveal the chalk below. It’s awesome:
Of course when you’re standing next to the horse, you can’t really tell what it is, and its at the top of a hill, so you can’t really see it from below…but you can get a sense of the scale, which is very large. Apparently if you stand in the eye of a white horse (there are several scattered across Wiltshire), its supposed to make you fertile. My Friend Lauren said that and then followed it with “Don’t even think about it!”
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, friends.