With the summer crowds gone, winter is the perfect time to explore the ancient landscape at Avebury in Wiltshire. Not quite so well known as its neighbour Stonehenge, Avebury’s treasures are, nevertheless, impressive. On this walk, you’ll start in the car park (free to National Trust and English Heritage members) before taking in the stone circle that all but encompasses this pretty village and heading uphill for views of the mysterious Silbury Hill. Continuing on, you’ll reach the Ridgeway, a well-trodden path known as Britain’s oldest road. Walk along this for a while (and taking in those vistas) before heading back down into the village, although we would definitely recommend taking a detour to see the sarsen stones – sandstone blocks deposited by a glacier and now littered in their hundreds across several fields. Find them by turning right at the point on the map where you reach Overton Down.
How to find it: the map and step by step walking trail are available to download from the National Trust here.