Walking with ancestors

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It’s hard to escape the history of Wiltshire. At, seemingly, every turn, there is some magnificent reminder of our ancestors, who shaped and signed the landscape forever. While it’s easy to stop and ponder the immediately visible landmarks such as the stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury, or the enigmatic land mass of Silbury Hill, the West Kennet Long Barrow (pictured) is slightly more hidden. In fact, I’d driven past it multiple times before pulling into a nearby layby one day, climbing the short sharp hill to the summit and discovering this huge earth barrow, created in 3650BC and used for around 1,000 years. You can walk inside and explore some of the burial chambers but for me, the magic came from the view. Uninhibited 360 degree views across the landscape. A step taken back in time.

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