Growler is very old but not as old as Stonehenge. It was built by humans about 5000 years ago. They moved huge lumps of stone without any modern inventions. We read about Stonehenge on various signs at the Visitor Centre.
There was a big lump of stone near the entrance showing how they may have moved the stones. Some children tried to pull if along while we sat on it. It didn’t move!
There were also some small thatched houses showing the sort of homes the people who built Stonehenge would have lived in.
There was quite a long walk to see the Stone Circle.
Growler was feeling tired bit kept up as he was so looking forward to seeing Stonehenge.
Finally we arrived and saw the wonderful sight of Stonehenge
We posed for a photograph with the Stones.
Further on we stopped for a rest as Growler’s legs were getting tired.
The Stones were part of a temple and are positioned to face the rising sun on the longest day on one side.
On the other side they face the direction of the setting sun in the shortest day. Modern day humans put the arrow on the ground to show the directions.
Growler was very impressed.
In the fields surrounding the Stone Circle there are many ancient barrows. When prehistoric humans from the area died they were buried in the barrows as they thought it important to be buried near Stonehenge. We stopped for a rest next to some of the barrows.
In order to get to the gate back to the Visitor Centre we had to walk through a cow field.
Once through the gate and in the wood Growler was too tired to walk any further so climbed into the bear carrier for the walk back to the carpark.
We all really enjoyed seeing the ancient Stone Circle, including the humans.
For more information see: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stonehenge-landscape & https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge
Horace the Alresford Bear 12/7/2021