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Stonehenge - A Walking Tour with Sophie Campbell

3 nights starting from
£849

        

  • Exclusive sunrise visit inside the stones

  • Three days walking with Sophie Campbell from Avebury to Old Sarum via Stonehenge

  • Private viewing and dinner at the Wiltshire Museum

Veiled in mystery for millennia, Stonehenge has long been a captivating site for its many visitors. This wonderful new walking tour – in the company of Telegraph Travel correspondent and Blue Badge guide Sophie Campbell – takes you from Avebury to Old Sarum via a sunrise visit to Stonehenge, with exclusive early-morning access inside the stones. A private visit to the Wiltshire Museum with dinner and a private tour of the Wessex Collection at the Salisbury Museum will help to unravel the myth.  Following a very successful maiden tour in September 2018, the walks have been abbreviated slightly to miss out one or two busy road intersections and reduce the distances slightly.

Available Departures

From

26 - September - 2019 £ 849.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Bear Hotel, Devizes from 15.00. This evening there will be a private visit, welcome reception and dinner with wine at the Wiltshire Museum nearby with talk from curator David Dawson.

Day 2: 10 miles – Avebury to Wilsford.
Morning transfer by bus to Avebury for the start of this momentous three-day walk. The scene is set at the excellent Alexander Keiler Museum, before setting off on a circular walk to Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow. Avebury’s henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain - originally of about 100 stones - which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles. It is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that seemingly formed a vast sacred landscape. After lunch we transfer by coach to Knapp’s Hill to continue the walk up to Adam’s Grave and on via the Saxon church of St Marys at Alton Barnes and on to Woodborough for a welcome cuppa, where our bus will be waiting to take us back to the Bear Hotel in Devizes for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: 11 miles – Salisbury Plain to Durrington.
Morning transfer by bus to Salisbury Plain, past Casterley Camp (with its remains of an Iron Age hill fort), then down to the pretty Avon Valley and lunch at the renowned Swan Inn, Enford. Afternoon continue on foot with en-route visit to the Stonehenge Ales brewery, to Durrington, site of a Neolithic settlement, where we will meet our coach for transfer to Salisbury for dinner and overnight at the Milford Hall Hotel.

Day 4: 11 miles - Durrington to Stonehenge and Old Sarum.
Very early breakfast before transferring by bus to Durrington to walk from Durrington Walls to Stonehenge via the Cuckoo Stone, the Cursus and the Kings’ and Queen’s Barrows. As we walk up The Avenue we see the view that neolithic man would have seen as the sun rises and bathes the stones in light. We then enter the stone circle for an exclusive pre-opening visit, then walk or take the minibus back to the Visitor Centre to spend time in the excellent museum and the cafe - or even a return to the stones, according to preference. A coach transfer takes out a busy section of the A360 before the last leg of the walk passes a row of barrows before dropping back down to the Avon Valley and Wilsford cum Lake - with a brief visit to its charming Grade II-listed St Michael's Church and lunch at The Bridge Inn, Upper Woodford. After lunch, we cross the river and take a short stretch of road via Netton to join the path almost due south to the ramparts of Old Sarum. We spend time exploring this intriguing site, with its commanding views over the Wiltshire plains, which was once a thriving town and the site of Salisbury's original cathedral and a royal castle, high on the motte. Our coach will take us into Salisbury for the final visit to the Wessex Gallery at the Salisbury Museum, which tells the story of Salisbury and its surrounds from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest and includes fine material found in and near Stonehenge. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a strenuous walking tour with considerable (often hilly) distances covered each day, so you need to be reasonably fit and confident that this is manageable for you. The hills are not huge but the route is cross country, so "opt-out" options between places visited are very limited, although a coach is available in an emergency.

PARKING: Parking is available at the Wiltshire’s Museum storage unit on the edge of Devizes for the duration of the tour.  It is about 25-30 minutes walk to the hotel or a short taxi ride or bus journey.  A coach transfer is available at the end of day 4 to take guests back to Devizes to pick up their cars.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 24 passengers.

Distances travelled
Day 2:
10 miles
Day 3:
11 miles
Day 4:
11 miles

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' accommodation at the Bear Inn, Devizes, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • One night’s accommodation at the Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Private viewing and dinner at the Wiltshire Museum
  • Two further dinners
  • Three lunches at pubs en-route
  • Three days guided walks with Sophie Campbell with all entrances as detailed in the itinerary
  • Your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel leaving you free to enjoy the walk. A small day bag is a good idea to carry waterproofs, a bottle of water etc
  • Tour manager throughout the tour

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Bear Hotel, Devizes
Historic coaching inn in the heart of the market town of Devizes. Oozing character, the inn has a restaurant and 25 comfortable bedrooms with original features but all modern amenities.

The Bear Hotel Website

Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury
Comfortable, traditional hotel set in a Georgian house with modern extension. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and well-appointed rooms with all modern amenities. It also has a spa (separate cost) if you decide to stay an extra night.

Milford Hall Hotel Website

MORE INFO

PARKING: Parking is available at the Wiltshire’s Museum storage unit on the edge of Devizes for the duration of the tour.  It is about 25-30 minutes walk to the hotel or a short taxi ride or bus journey.  A coach transfer is available at the end of day 4 to take guests back to Devizes to pick up their cars.

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

YOUR GUIDE

Sophie Campbell
Sophie has been a travel writer for 25 years. She is based in London and has written for many national publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, GuardianCondé Nast Traveller and Saga Magazine. She writes a monthly column on heritage days for the travel pages of the Daily Telegraph and is one of their London online contributors. She has also presented a series of BBC2's The Travel Show, founded a weekend breaks website and lectures regularly on travel writing. Sophie is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for London and her 2013 book on the traditional events of the summer, 'The Season: A Summer Whirl Through the English Social Season' came out in paperback in April 2014. She lives in Battersea, southwest London, and her favourite destinations are Argentina, Japan, Iran and - of course - Britain.

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Recent Reviews

 

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Very enjoyable 3 days, expertly led by Sophie. Delivered on all counts. Wd certainly be interested in a similar archaeology themed trip in the future - suggestion - Southern Ireland. Wd also be interested in the Thames walk if that is repeated.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-September-2018


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Excellent. A most informative and enjoyable tour. Sophie and Steve were first class and extremely knowledgeable. Two points for consideration: The car parking arrangements at Devizes need to be clarified for future tours as the Bear hotel did not permit cars to be left there after checking out. Alternatively, cars could be left at Milford Hall at the start, and then travel to Devizes by bus. The end of the walk on the second day was at Woodhenge, but this was not viewed, intending that this would be done the following morning at the start. However, it was still dark when starting off on the third morning and thus Woodhenge was not seen or described. Suggest viewing Woodhenge at the end of the second day, before travel by coach to the hotel.

Review by Goulding who travelled 27-September-2018


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-September-2018


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-September-2018


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Overall Impression

Sophie and Steve were both excellent. Particularly impressed by the evening at the Wiltshire Museum. We were the first group to do this tour and there were some problems/misunderstandings about parking. We had to arrange to park the car at the hotel in Salisbury and pay for a taxi to get us to the first hotel in Devizes, Excellent accommodation in Salisbury but the standard in Devizes was not as good.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-September-2018


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