A Wessex Walk - The Serpent, the Barber-Surgeon & the Marmalade Millionaire

  • Avebury’s vast Neolithic Stone Circle and Silbury Hill, the largest prehistoric mound in Europe
  • Led by an expert who has spent over 20 years studying and working to protect the unique archaeology of Wessex
  • Home-made packed lunch provided

The great stone circle at Avebury inspired the 18th Century antiquarian William Stukeley, to pronounce: ‘It does as much exceed in greatness the so renowned Stonehenge as a Cathedral doeth a parish church’. In terms of size and present day setting we may still agree. This is a chance to walk among the great Neolithic monuments of Wessex - marvelling at the skill, amibition and sheer determination of the people who built them.

The lines of stones at Avebury, the massive long barrows and the imposing rise of Silbury Hill dominate our perceptions of the Neolithic landscapes of Wessex. Mark Corney will introduce the lastest excavations and research projects which attempt to uncover more, not only about the monuments themselves but the landscape in which they reside.


  • Prehistory

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Meeting time / place
10:00 at the main Avebury car park, SN8 1RD

The Day

From the edge of the great Avebury stone circle we walk towards Silbury Hill and the source of the River Kennet, thence to the magnificent chambered tomb of West Kennet long barrow. From here we follow the course of the River Kennet to the Ridgway and stop at the Sanctuary on Overton Hill with views across Fyfield Down. From the Sanctuary we walk along the West Kennet Avenue and into the stone circle at Avebury. We explore the stone circle and finish the day by visiting the late Ango-Saxon church of St James before returning to the car park. The walk is around 7 miles in total.

End time / place
17:00 back at Avebury

A homemade packed lunch will be provided.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch - A packed lunch will be provided
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue


Jan 8

It was a relaxed day with an expert sharing his knowledge Mark was very easy to get on with and an excellent guide Weather was great too.

Jan 8

It was wonderful to visit key monuments and see them in the context of the wider prehistoric landscape. I was really able to appreciate the extent of this landscape which stretched as far as the eye could see to the distant horizon. Mark has so much knowledge which he dispenses in right sized chunks with good humour. It would not have been possible to do this walk and come away with such a deep appreciation without his input.

Jan 8

Finding out more about this fascinating Wessex landscape. Mark Corney is highly knowledgeable and able to communicate his subject in a manner that was right for my level of understanding. It's also good to be in the company of like-minded people.


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What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests 
  • The company of like-minded people!
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2020 Study Day Details

Sat 12th Sep - Sat 12th Sep



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Led By: Mark Corney

Guide Lecturer

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