We headed to THE SOUTH as signs on the M6 so helpfully put it on a Thursday night, staying in an awesome airbnb in Bath. The road trip was uneventful, with the low point being stopping at a junction near Birmingham for food and finding a sign in the bathroom that said all flat surfaces would be coated with Vaseline to prevent drug use. Can’t make this shit up. We had already ordered at that point, and the meal was correspondingly disappointing. The place had 4 circles on trip advisor! Shocking.
Our Friday itinerary was a loop from Avebury to Stonehenge to Glastonbury then back to Bath. Ambitious. It was a glorious morning in Avebury, and though the museums are fairly modest, the stone circle is large, and unlike Stonehenge, you can get up close to the stones. You can hike along the procession ways leading to the outskirts of town, and to Silbury Hill, the largest prehistoric man made mound in Europe. Impressive!
After a quick lunch at the cafe, we headed to the most famous stone circle! I’d been before, but Lucas hadn’t, so we wandered through the museum and took the shuttle to the circle. It was a beautiful day, and there is really something impressive about seeing Stonehenge in person and trying to comprehend how and why it might have been constructed. I’ll never understand how people are disappointed by it. (They know it’s a bunch of rocks going in, right?)
Afterward, it was onward to Glastonbury. Famous for its music festival among other, stranger things. Supposedly, Jesus’s uncle brought a vial of his blood there, making it a potential site of the holy grail. King Arthur and Guenivere’s bodies were supposedly buried at Glastonbury Abbey as well. There are lots of myths and occult beliefs surrounding the town and it’s a site for pilgrims from different groups there’s a large New Age population. We visited the Abbey and ate a lovely pub dinner before heading to a cider farm and back to Bath.