This is my last post in the “UK trip with Second Daughter” series. After enjoying a walk by the sea and the beach huts in Bournemouth, celebrating Samhain In The Chalice Gardens and falling in love with Bewitching Glastonbury, the last stop of our journey was Stonehenge. We had already gone there on our way to Glastonbury, only to realise as we arrived at 15:30 that the site was closing at 16:00 that day. Rather than rushing our visit, we made another stop on our way back.
And it was totally the right decision, as it takes a good hour if you want to immerse yourself in all the legends and the energy surrounding this impressive stone circle. Second Daughter and I knew a lot about Stonehenge facts already, but still decided to take the audio tour. It was very interesting and Second Daughter was fascinated, even pressing on buttons to get extra info when available.
This imposing construction evolved between 3’000 and 1’600 BC, and I find it amazing that a good part of it is still standing today. The monument consists in an outer circle of Sarsen stones with an inner composition of bluestones coming from Wales. Not exactly next door, as Stonehenge lies in Wiltshire. Aligned precisely with the midsummer sunrise and the midwinter sunset, many theories have been mentioned through the centuries as to the purpose of Stonehenge: An astral calendar, a place of worship and perhaps sacrifices, or even a landing area for UFOs…
Although I totally understand why access to the massive stones is now barred, I regretted not being able to stand in the middle of the circle or lean against one of the stones. I also found it a shame to see some people walking around this ancient sacred site as if they were in a shopping centre, only interested in getting everybody aligned in front of the camera and talking loudly.
We did not let them spoil our visit, though. We took our time, slowly going around and taking in all the angles and details. Second Daughter was silent for a long time in the car after we left, obviously still in her own magical world.
This second stop meant that we did not have time to go to the Avebury site. No doubt we will be seen in that part of the country again, then…