|Kilsby and Avebury, UK
|Week 38 10th - 13th January 2012
| We left Spilsby headed towards the Isle Of Wight.
Just before crossing the A1 we passed through Stamford.
For a moment the red bricks of Lincolnshire gave way to stone.
| Behind that white van is The George.
An old coaching inn on the old main road north.
Tardis found its way through with ease.
Though there were a couple of tight corners and a bridge over the river.
| We stopped at Kilsby, near Rugby, for a wheel balance and
alignment. Leftover from the spring repair in Hungary.
Lasalign specialises in trucks.
The rear axle was on a slight angle which explained the slight tendancy to pull to the left.
Much better after the alignment.
|Our campsite overlooking Kilsby. Only 5 sites, Camping Club certified.
| Just up the lane is the allotments for the Poors Land
Presumably a leftover from the enclosure laws which led to the fencing / hedging of England in the transition to individual land ownership.
Variously seen as the freeing up of land for the peasantry or a transfer of shared land to the landed gentry.
There were a few local laws from the 12th century onwards but most enclosure laws were passed from 1750 onwards.
Either way the enclosure laws begin to explain why Australia has fences (immigrants were simply used to them?) and we noticed the absence of them through Asia and most of Europe.
The cement works at Rugby.
Expanded in the 1990's. Its fed with local limestone.
A much larger scale than other cement plants we've seen on our travels.
|Opposite The Duke inn at Hilmarton is the church.
|The village has a few late 19th century houses.
|And the village soon gives way to lanes and footpaths.
|A bit chilly in the campsite next to the pub. Another with just 5 spots.
| Avebury is a few km away from our campsite.
Europe's largest henge - don't you just have to like the language!
|A large circle of standing stones.
There are also three smaller circles inside the large one.
No horizontal bits like stonehenge.
|The ditch around the circle of stones.
| Avebury village was built in the middle of the henge.
Most of the stones had fallen over at some time, or even been removed, until the 1930's when someone stood them up again, and filled the gaps left by missing stones with bits of concrete.
| We walked most of the way round.
It slowly dawned on us that these standing stones were probably stood standing a couple of millenia before the deer stones we were excited about in Mongolia.
| Then we headed south west.
The henge is stoneage (neolithic). About 4500 years old.
This round barrow is from the younger iron age.
| Not just stone circles but a couple of avenues.
Reminiscent of Carnac in Brittany, but much younger.
| Silbury Hill.
Obviously man made. But not a clue left as to why.
| The round barrows were quite picturesque.
Though in need of a haircut.
| The top arrow points along a byeway.
Part of very long paths. This stretch along the top of a ridge.
|Silbury Hill from near West Kennett Long Barrow.
| We got to look inside the long barrow.
The stone, like that of the henge, is the local sarson stone. The remains of a layer of silcrete.
Entrance to the long barrow.
A burial site in which 46 people were buried from about 3500 BC over a period of 1000 years.
Its use ended about the time the Avebury Henge was built.
| Its a long barrow because its not round!
Stood above the entrance looking along the length. About 100m.
| And another view of Silbury Hill as we headed back to
About 4 hours walking. A bit more than we'd anticipated when we went for a walk around the henge.
The weather has been kind to us again. A beautiful, cold, winter's day.
| We are in the land of thatched roofs.
This one not far from the hill.
Nice to look at but needs replacing about every 30 years or so.
|Isle Of Wight, UK
|Week 39 14th - 19th January 2012