This week on Instagram I have been sharing my photos of Wiltshire’s stoneage attractions, in particular my shots of Avebury Stone Circle.
Avebury Stone Circle is situated not far from Calne and Marlborough and is the largest stone henge in the world. The irregular megaliths are quite strung out over a very large area. They wend their way through a charming village with rustic cottages, a museum, gift shop and cafe area. Roads cross the stone lines, huge earthworks and ditches get in the way. You simply can’t photograph the whole thing in one go like you can at Stonehenge.
The photo below gives a view from the bank of the higgledy-piggledy nature of this landscape. It’s hard to make out the circular stone pattern. Archaeologists believe that the site was not all built in one go, so perhaps that helps explain why it’s irregular.
Walking Avebury Stone Circle
There’s a path to follow around most of the Avebury stone circle which climbs up onto the bank and crosses sheep fields. I felt that the best approach to taking photos at Avebury was to document the walk and give a feel for the modern environment in which the stone circle now lies. The path, the perspective and the people all featured in my shots. I also photographed the village houses with their unusual view of the stoneage.
More from the Stoneage: Read my blog about taking photos at Carnac Megaliths in Brittany, where there were similar challenges but also a fun little roadtrain tour.