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West Kennett Avenue

Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue


From The Sanctuary, a permissive path allows access to the remnants of West Kennett Avenue on the south side of the A4. This part of the monument seems to receive little attention, probably because of its separation from the better preserved section running northwestwards to Avebury.

However, it’s well worth a visit to make sense of the relationship of The Sanctuary and the henge complex. The first stone encountered is an enormous fallen slab, jutting out from the hedgeline. Beyond that is another fallen stone, apparently broken with a smaller piece placed on its top. The final stone in this group still stands, buried in the hedge and trapped behind barbed wire. It has been broken, leaving a short stump in place. Screened from the busy A4 by the thick hedge, this is a hidden spot, remarkably quiet for somewhere so close to the Avebury tourist hub. It doesn’t have the atmosphere or obvious draw of the well-known northern section of the Avenue, but it’s another part of the jigsaw that makes up this fascinating landscape.

Risking life and limb I cross the A4 onto the B4003, a narrow but busy road that runs parallel with the Avenue on its way to the henge. It’s worth stopping off at the single upright stone, separated from its companions by the road and hedges, looked down upon by the linear cemetery of massive round barrows along the Overton Hill ridge to the east.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
22nd March 2015ce
Edited 22nd March 2015ce

Comments (2)

Excellent field notes Alken. There was a recent discussion about the proposed closure of the B4003 to vehicular traffic (excluding farm vehicles).
tjj Posted by tjj
22nd March 2015ce
Thanks June. Another 49 inspired walk, it's a great bus service.

I stayed away from that discussion, although I did read it, on the basis that I don't know enough about the traffic situation to have a useful opinion. It would obviously be nicer along there without the traffic, but I have no idea what effect that would have on (a) the locals and (b) other traffic that would presumably end up on the A4 or the main road through the henge.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
23rd March 2015ce
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