Wessex Audio Tour – Ancient Britain

3 03 2011

Start: Avebury |Finish: Old Sarum
Distance: Approximately 42 miles

Wiltshire is a county of history and mystery set in a dramatic landscape. The combination of heritage and scenery provides a truly memorable day out. So come with us on a journey through the countryside and across the ages as we go back to the time of our prehistoric ancestors. Hundreds of thousands of years may have passed but all over the county there’s evidence of human activity from the end of the Ice Age through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages right up to the invasion of the Romans in AD43.

Click here for audio / visual tour

This driving tour will take you through the heart of Wiltshire. En route you’ll discover more about how our enigmatic and mysterious ancestors lived, worked, fought and died.

This tour can be undertaken in a variety of ways; as a day-long journey, in short sections or you can use the information as a guide to individual visits.

You might also consider embarking on the tour using public transport but keeping up to date with bus service and timetable changes will require plenty of preparation.

Before you set off make sure that you’re properly equipped. Nothing beats a really good Ordnance Survey map, marked with contours and ancient monuments. A compass and a torch would also be useful. Some of these historical gems are in fields and away from roads or footpaths, so good walking boots are a must. Some sites have few or no facilities and it’s also worth noting that mobile phone coverage can’t be guaranteed in parts of rural Wiltshire. For news of road works or route closures, check BBC Local Radio and bbc.co.uk/travelnews

This guide has been produced with the generous assistance of Phil Harding, Wessex Archaeology, English Heritage, Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service, Bob Clarke, Martin Kellett, David Dawson and the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes.
Sponsors:  The Stonehenge Tour Company

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website





Stonehenge access – A303 roadworks ???

25 01 2011

How frustrating ?  The road has been closed for a week and the work has still not started? Coach tour operators are being inconvenienced, English Heritage say visitor numbers are down and cars are cutting onto the A303 via the byway – a serious accident waiting to happen!

Stonehenge roadworks

Stonehenge roadworks

 

Details: A344 Wiltshire – A344 Stonehenge Bottom in Stonehenge closed in both directions between Stonehenge Fork and Airmans Cross, because of roadwork – What roadworks and wht is the road closed in both directions ?

External links:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/wiltshire/roads/planned/
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/stonehenge-a303-roadworks/
http://www.motortrades.co.uk/traffic-news.asp?cid=46

Angry Merlin!
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website





Stonehenge roadworks – A303? – Jan 17th for 14 weeks

17 01 2011

Major roadworks will be taking place on the A303 at Countess Roundabout – starting on Monday 17th January – lasting for 14 weeks, which will result in diversions when visiting Stonehenge. As a result of these roadworks in the immediate area around Stonehenge there will be closures, diversions and some contra flow systems that will affect both carriageways.

Dates: From Monday 17th January the A344 will be closed from its junction of the A303 at Stonehenge bottom to the entrance/exit to Stonehenge. This closure is likely to be in place for up to 14 weeks.
We have been assured that all works are to be completed and that the A344 road closure will be lifted before the Easter weekend.

Click here for ‘zoomable’ OS map showing ‘airmens corner’ etc

Access to Stonehenge:
Arriving:
 Visitors coming to Stonehenge will need to access the site from Airman’s Cross; then driving down the A344 to Stonehenge.

Leaving: When leaving Stonehenge vehicles will have to turn right out of the car park and proceed back down to Airman’s Cross, before rejoining the A303 at Long Barrow. Countess Roundabout;

Details of work to be undertaken

 * Traffic signal installation on all four approaches to the roundabout.
* Widening and resurfacing the A303 approaches to, and around, the roundabout.
* Permanent 40 mph speed limit applied on A303 approaches.
* Safety barrier, road signs and road markings replaced.
* Extension of subway under A303 westbound approach, to accommodate carriageway widening works.
* Renewal of lighting columns, lanterns and installation of associated cables.
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http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=417317
http://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/stonehenge-countess-roundabout-closure/

Merlin @ Stonehenge (stuck in traffic?)
The Stonehenge Website








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