Lo­ca­tion guide

This well-known his­toric spot holds a wealth of pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties, says Jeremy Walker

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days -

Jeremy Walker shares his tips on shoot­ing in ave­bury, Wilt­shire

THE SMALL and pic­turesque vil­lage of Ave­bury lies at the heart of the rolling Marl­bor­ough Downs, 11 miles south of Swin­don and the M4. The vil­lage is sit­u­ated within one of the largest Ne­olithic stone cir­cles in Europe and Ave­bury Henge has quite rightly been made a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. There are three stone cir­cles, a stone av­enue and a bank and ditch earth­work and en­trance is free.

The whole site of the stone cir­cles, ditches and earth­works, as well as the re­cently dis­cov­ered square for­ma­tion of stones, were not con­structed as one en­tity, it was de­vel­oped over a pe­riod of sev­eral hun­dreds of years from ap­prox­i­mately 3000BC to 2400BC. Some of the stones weigh more than 40 tons and mea­sure up to four me­tres high. The con­struc­tion of the stone cir­cles at Ave­bury re­mains a mys­tery and many the­o­ries abound, from re­li­gious rit­ual site to links with King Arthur.

Ave­bury is owned by English Her­itage but man­aged by The Na­tional Trust, and as such mem­bers of both or­gan­i­sa­tions can park in the only car park for free; oth­ers will have to use the pay-and- dis­play ma­chines, which hand­ily take cards. It is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to park any­where else in or near the vil­lage. The stone cir­cles are of­fi­cially open dur­ing ‘any rea­son­able time in day­light hours’ but turn­ing up for a sun­rise shoot has never been a prob­lem. The only dif­fi­culty will be the park­ing, as the car park will be closed.

Above: The West Ken­net Long Bar­row, Ave­bury Right: Stand­ing stones at the Ave­bury Stone Cir­cle, shot at dawn

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