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Avebury, stone circles and Blenheim Palace

sunny 45 °F

First stop today-West Kennet Long Barrow. All over the Country side are ancient sites from people that lived here over 5000 years ago. We could look around the hillsides and see mounds where there were ancient burials. Farmers generally leave this hills alone. We hiked up a hill through a sheep pasture to visit a tomb from Bronze Age. About 42 people were buried here. It again, like Stonehenge, used large rocks that were somehow moved up the hill to create a hedge of rocks.

Next stop was Avebury World Heritage Site. Here we visited a mile long circular hedge with a large ditch surrounding it. A quaint village was located inside the circle. It was interesting to watch the worshippers praying to the rocks.


Our final stop of the day was to the Blenheim Palace. A beautiful and fascinating place. Winston Churchill was born here. Here we wandered through only part of the Palace and grounds. It was
Freezing inside. I can’t imagine living there and trying to keep it warm. There was a library with over 10,000 books. A very large exhibit about Churchill.
And a temple dedicated to Diana Goddess of Hunting. Supposedly who I was named for. Don’t know why my parents left of the a.

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Rick Steves Itinerary
This morning we'll take a walking tour through Avebury's mysterious, prehistoric stone circle. Then we'll drive north to Blenheim Palace, touring this gilded mini-Versailles that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. We end our day in the charming, flower-boxed Cotswolds market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

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