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10 11 sTones from The ICe Age getting to know the landscape When visiting Avebury it can be a very good idea to take time to wander quite widely in the area. In this way you may occasionally stumble across a lost stone or a forgotten but important barrow opposite top, and you will invariably experience changing views and sensations which will all enrich your subtle understanding of the powerful and sacred landscape in which Avebury sits. To get an idea of the nature of the landscape in slightly more ancient times, try visiting the small village of Lockeridge lower, opposite, south of Avebury, where huge sarsen stones still lie where they fell when the ice melted twelve thousand years ago. The enchanted valley and wildlife reservation Fyfield Down, to the east of Avebury, is also well worth a visit for the same reason. It was from here that the large stones for both Avebury and Stonehenge were taken. It could be argued that the best way to really get a feel for Avebury these days is to spend as little time there as possible, as it is badly affected by the lorries and the electrical circuits of the houses. There are even public toilets right in the middle of this once central and sacred place. I am sure a bishop would not allow a public toilet beside his cathedral altar Viewing the henge from afar is therefore a must it is good for the legs and can often be very rewarding.
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