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Windmill Hill* – Avebury

Windmil Hill from the air

At Windmill Hill you can see the remains of an early Neolithic enclosure and a Bronze Age barrow cemetery. The enclosure built c.3, 650 BC consists of three concentric rings of interrupted banks and ditches First excavated in the 1920’s it  served as a settlement and gathering place for early farming communities.

There are footpaths leading from Avebury to Windmill Hill. A circular walk will take about two and half hours.


Avebury stone circle from the air

Avebury is listed alongside Stonehenge as one World Heritage Site. They are respectively the most sophisticated and largest stone circles in the world. They lie at the heart of prehistoric landscapes containing numerous ceremonial and sacred monuments.

Within the 25 sq km of the Avebury World Heritage Site landscape there a number of outstanding prehistoric monuments that can be visited on foot. They include the early Neolithic West Kennet Long Barrow (around 3,500BC), the remains of the largest stone circle in the world and Silbury Hill, Europe's largest prehistoric mound whose original purpose remains a mystery. At the heart of the site and partly within the stone circle and henge lies the picturesque village of Avebury. At Avebury you can visit the Alexander Keiller museum and Barn Gallery run by the National Trust.

Avebury World Heritage Site sits within the beautiful North Wessex Downs and is near to the historic market towns of both Marlborough and Devizes.

For more information visit the Wiltshire Council website