Travel by Land

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The county of Wiltshire, well-known worldwide for giving home to Stonehenge, is located in South-West England and has a history that dates back to pre-Roman times, probably to the Bronze Age.

Until the 7th century, it was the western border of Saxon Britain. After the Norman Conquest it became a territory of the crown and a flourishing agricultural area. Its development continued for centuries and was further accelerated by the Kennet and Avon Canal, a waterway that made the county an important trade center. In 1794 Wiltshire decided the establishment of ten troops of Yeomanry, a large body that gave the country heroes who fought in the Boer War, as well as in the World Wars.

Our main interest in Wiltshire was a trip to Stonehenge, I had been looking forward to visiting there for a decade or more. Driving up on the structure was really unique. I had expected a mile long drive down a dirt road however it is literally right next to the highway. My son and I were very impressed with the lack of signage and commercialism, we were talking about what Stonehenge would look like if it were in the states. We both agreed is would have turned into something like a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction with a small boardwalk and town. We were both grateful it is being preserved so well. Seeing this first hand has been in incredible memory for the both of us, and I recommend taking a road trip if your ever in London.

It is still unclear as to who built Stonehenge, by whom it was built, or what its actual purpose may be. This gigantic stone monument found in Wiltshire, England, about 8 miles north of Salisbury, is a circular formation of standing stones, each measuring about 13 x 6 feet, and weighing around 25 tons. Stonehenge is believed to have been built around 3000 BC, and it is located close to many other Bronze Age monuments and graves.

Regarded as one of Britain’s true cultural and historic icons, the monument at Stonehenge is one of the most famous and enigmatic places in England. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, and it has been a legally protected ancient monument since 1882.

According to scholars, Stonehenge was built by a civilization that had no written records. How it was built remains a subject of debate, and most experts still can’t agree on its function, although some believe it most likely to have been an ancient burial ground.

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