Go rambling around England with your little ones, on these 10 buggy friendly walks, selected by Richard Happer from his new book Beautiful Buggy Walks: England
Strolling through an ancient stone circle is just the start of this adventure. Avebury’s fine historical monument also forms the hub of a cracking day’s countryside wandering. Avebury is the world’s biggest stone circle – so large it has a whole village in its centre – but it doesn’t attract the huge numbers that Stonehenge does. This walk introduces you to the circle via West Kennet Avenue, a ceremonial approach that originally had 100 pairs of stones. It’s half a mile long and still impressive. People can wander freely among the ancient monoliths, unlike Stonehenge. Tourists touch them, kids lean on them and wild-bearded men in rainbow trousers do yoga beneath them. Our tour concludes with a relaxing stretch through the surrounding fields.
OS map: Explorer 157
How far: about 3 miles
Route: Enter the field to the west of the parking area.
• Walk between the stones up West Kennet Avenue.
• When the road to your right joins the main road, cross the smaller road and walk past the trees to the embankment that runs around the ditch.
• Follow the path on top to your right. When you reach a small road, cross it and continue around the circle.
• At the main road follow the path in, towards the centre of the circle, cross the road and take the path out and around the next sector of the circle.
• Detour to your right to visit the café and visitor centre.
• Join the minor road in the village and walk west to east, right through the circle, passing the pub and the point at which you crossed the road earlier.
• You are now walking away from the circle, down a country lane; continue for 1/2 mile, passing Manor Farm, then turn right, down a byway.
• After 1/2 mile, turn right along the edge of a fi eld. Another 1/2 mile will take you back to the start.
Rest and refresh: The Red Lion pub has outdoor space (01672 539266, red-lion-pub-avebury.co.uk). The National Trust visitor centre has a spacious cafe with outside benches. Visitor centre: 01672 539250,nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
Article Source and more walks:http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/may/06/buggy-walks-family-holidays-england
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