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“Whoever was the person behind Stonehenge was one dickens of a motivator, I’ll tell you that.”
― Bill Bryson

What better way to -almost- round the 365 blog off by visiting Stonehenge, starting the new year with cold ears and a gust of wind – blowing away the cobwebs! It’s the penultimate day of the 365 challenge, and I’m almost ready to hang up the daily blogging hat – almost!

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Stonehenge is so accessible to me, that I’m surprised I haven’t used it more throughout the past year. It’s literally a ten minute or so drive down the motorway, and as you crest the hill and look down on the stones – is the most awe inspiring view within easy reach. In my opinion anyway.

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I used to pop there all the time, capturing the stones in the morning or at night, when the sun is setting or when it’s pouring with rain. I’ve wandered around them with friends, family, on my own and with lots of random tourists…but I hadn’t gone at all in 2012!

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So there we go. It’s an incredible sight, and if you go on a day like today, (the first day of sunshine since before Christmas Eve) then it’s nice and quiet and beautiful all at the same time. I was surprised it was even open, but glad that it was.

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“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today we ventured down the Grand Avenue in Savernake Forest. Until recently I didn’t know that it existed, but it was highlighted in Outdoor Photography Magazine (their Autumn Special) as being the place to go for Autumn shots.

The entrance to the avenue is flanked by two huge pillars and a sign that states vehicles should not venture any further. However a sign inside the entrance advises that public proceed at their own risk since it’s not an official highway.

So, proceeding cautiously for it was full of potholes, we began our exploration. The Avenue is 5.7 miles long and is the longest avenue of Beech Trees in the country. Whilst the road is straight, it dips low and then rises up into the forest high, so there’s no chance of getting a miles long shot but still, it was very pretty.

About halfway down the Avenue was an area where eight radial drives led off the main road. This was laid by Capability Brown, a famous English Landscape Architect in the 1700s. It made for an interesting design off of the main road.

We also stopped at Wilton Windmill on the way home. It’s in Wiltshire and is located on the ridge between the villages of Wilton and Great Bedwyn – the names around there are lovely I think. It dates back to 1821.

However it’s current unmanned most of the time now and visitors just let themselves into the area it stands in and wander freely. However flour made from wheat that has been grown locally is still produced at the mill. It was very quiet today though!

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