This little trip was more like a detour on the way to the final destination, hence why we didn’t really want to pay. My (Grace) friends and I were on the way to Bournemouth when I realised that Stonehenge was close to where we were driving. So, we changed our satnav destination and headed to Stonehenge! How about that for being spontaneous!?
The main road that runs parrallell to Stonehenge has signs for a car park that will take you to the English Heritage site and car park where they have buses that take you from the car park to the rock site. Instead of doing that we found a dusty road close to the site, which other cars were pulling down too, and found that not only were we in walking distance but got quite a good view from the dirt road. However, we didn’t feel satisfied and we wanted to get closer. To do so we parked the car and headed on foot down the dusty road to where we could see tourists walking to and from Stonehenge. It was the entrance! So, not only had we not had to park miles away, we also only had a short walk to the site.
At the entrance to the site is a gate which has a sign with all the prices to get in. We saw that it was £18 to get close and take pictures next to Stonehenge but we were aprihensive about the price as that is pretty expensive for a detour trip! Luckily, there was a man not in English Heritage uniform that informed us about a way that we could see, and get pretty darn close to, Stonehenge for FREE.
The helpful man instructed us to follow the dirt road a little longer until we came to a gate on the right hand side of the path that led into a sheep field. He told us that we would literally be meters away from all the other tourists if we followed the path in this sheep field… And BOY WAS HE RIGHT!
We may have had to walk through a field with sheep, dodging a whole lot of poo, but that made the short walk though the field that more adventurous.
Once we had reached the barb wire, like the man told us, we were a matter of meters away from all the other tourists. We were so pleased hat we could see Stonehenge and take our pictures without even having to pay a penny (sorry English Heritage, I do normally pay…) and there were only a handful of other people who had caught into this idea too! We got out our phones and started reading about Stonehenge’s history and the tales behind the summer solstice tradition that had happened only a week before our visit. As we walked back through the sheep field, dodging the sheep poo, we all said that we felt a little more magical waling away from this unusual, but totally incredible site.
Let us know if you would walk through a field of sheep poo to escape the crowds!