Today marked the last day of the twins preschool time, so it was also the last Mamma day for our little lady and I. A while ago she wrote into Blue Peter for a Green Blue Peter Badge (environment, conservation, and nature). She got awarded one, and a month or so ago it arrived in the post, followed quite a few weeks later by the identity card that would allow her access to over 200 places free of charge. I have just finished trawling through the list to see what we’d like to try and squeeze in before we leave, and Stonehenge was one such place. She had already been studying the Stone Age before she left school, so when I suggested it last night, she was very keen to get the chance to visit. So, after dropping the twins at preschool us two girlies headed off for our day’s adventure.
We got there in good time for our 1100 entry time slot. I hadn’t really appreciated that the Stones were so far from the visitor centre, but there are a lot of shuttle busses so there is no waiting, and a good marked footpath up the lane for those wanting to walk. Much to her disgust we took the footpath (it’s around 1.5km at a guess, up hill). Once there we spent a while mooching around the ancient temple that is aligned on the movements of the sun. It always amazes me how these stones were raised 4500 years ago and the large scale of them. After we had walked around once, reading the various information boards, I asked her what she would like to do now, and instead of replying, back to the centre for lunch, she asked to go round again! So we did. On the way back down to the visitor centre, we took the more scenic National Trust footpaths through the countryside. This allowed us to get a more close up view of some of the barrows (burial mounds).
Our little lady was so non plussed by the walk (unlike her and might have had something to do with the 25 degree heat and a backpack!), she voiced it would make it better if we found a geocache…so on went the app, and there was one in the area so we headed for it. This then took us through a wooded path, rather than the main route most people were using, and we discovered a few more hidden barrows on our own in the woods. We did also find the geocache, which was perhaps the one we have had to be the most stealthiest at, due to it being so close to the main path, and so many people walking along that route up to the monument.
After we’d had some lunch we pottered around the Stone Age homes they’d erected on sites were they’d found evidence of flooring and beds. A very nice man chatted to us about how they’d been built, and went through the equipment and tools. There was also an exhibition centre which was full of artefacts, information, and big cinematic displays that grabbed your attention. Our little lady loved all of it, and just drifted around examining, touching, and watching.