Wiltshire in the South of England is one of those places that can steal away a breath with its rolling valley landscapes. This area has an amazing heritage, seductive folklore and energy that can be only described as mystical.
There is the much famed Stonehenge. This standing stone encircled alter is believed to have been built between 3000 - 2000 BC. It boggles the mind to think of how it was erected, and then you learn that the stones were moved there from south Wales some 257km (160 miles) away and your mind explodes.
But there is something else going on around Wiltshire. If you are after something a little different and yet not too far away (for those in Europe) and in familiar settings then take a trip to Wiltshire during the months July to September. Apart from the weather being quite agreeable during this time, there awaiting you is a bizarre yet infectious atmosphere of curiosity surrounding the phenomena known to most of us as ‘Crop Circles’ more recently as crop formations, given their more diverse variety.
Year after year someone or (lets go there) something is manipulating the crops into stunningly weaved formations that are a feat of both mathematical and artistic talent. In most cases you are able to even go into the formation itself.
It is also the location for other mystical features including a number of stunning White horses - carved figures of horses cut into the hillsides to reveal the white chalk underneath, the most impressive being Uffington White Horse which dates back some 2000 years.
Don’t miss long barrow - an old burial ground and Stonehenge's lesser famed but still impressive (and actually larger) sister-henge at Avebury - this henge actually encircles the township plus you can get up close and touch it, and its not nearly as crowded, and you can touch it!
Note: Bring along your GPS as the formations will be reported with coordinates that you can put into your SatNav and park close by. [Review by nikodonnell]
- Wiltshire is a region in United Kingdom. It is situated at an altitude of 312ft and the best airport to fly into is LHR (Heathrow, London)
- The currency used in United Kingdom is the British pound Sterling (GBP)
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More Wiltshire travel resources
Check out Stonehenge to read up on some of the history and Wikipedia's coverage
We encourage you to head over to the Crop Circle Access Centre, they have some great information and links as well as tips like being respectful of the farmers land as it is their property and may simply harvest the field and erase the artwork.
They also have a great iPhone app
Head on here for the official Wiltshire tourism site