English Heritage Sites
While in Newbury, we also decided to visit a few ancient ruins in the area to include the famous Stonehenge, Ludgershall Castle and Donnington Castle. We had a bonus observation when during our drive we saw one of the famous white chalk horses with this particular one on Hakpen Hill.
Stonehenge consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing approximately 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, which includes several hundred tumuli (burial mounds). It is believed to have been constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Stonehenge is easily visible from the road, in fact traffic snarled right in front of the ruins as people stopped for a look.
Ludgershall Castle is a ruined 12th-century fortified royal residence at Ludgershall in Wiltshire, England. Three large walls emain of the castle, which was turned into a hunting lodge by Henry III but neglected by the 15th century. It was located in a neighborhood and backed up to a large house.
Ludgershall Castle: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ludgershall-castle-and-cross/history-of-the-castle/
Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle which provided strategic views in all directions: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/donnington-castle/history/
While driving around we came across one of the white chalk horses.
Hackpen Hill white horse: http://wiltshirewhitehorses.org.uk/hackpen.html
Onto Avebury Manor...