England's Finest 1st part; Biking to Stonehenge

6-days England Summer Solo Travel (United Kingdom)
June 27 to July 03, 2014

England Royal landmarks  2nd part; Windsor Castle

How to go to Stonehenge;
Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. Salisbury train station is more than an hour train travel from Waterloo Underground Station of Bakerloo, Northern and Waterloo & City lines. Entrance fee costs 15GBP, advance booking is required with designated entry schedule. This is NOT included in London Pass. Photography and video taking is permitted inside. By bus, take #X5 from Salisbury to Countess roundabout with is 45 minutes travel time.

What I did was the more adventurer and is very, very seldom to be performed by a tourist, traveling the Stonehenge by Mountain Bike for 21.7km. From Salisbury train station, I walked around 600m away going to Salisbury town center looking for Information Center which opens every 0900H. I asked where to hire bike and requested a free map. Hayball Cycle sport is the only store that provides bike rental and is located in Winchester St., just 100m away from Info Center. Hayball sport requires to see your passport for name verification and a deposit of 25GBP. Bike rental for 24hr period (the least time they offer) costs 15GBP ($25.5). Based on the free map, traveling Stonehenge by bike is 21.7km on Woodford Valley Cycle route #45 (not on the main road) and approximately 2 hours. Starting from Info Center, take north of Minster St. and cross the River Avon. I started biking 0915H and went back to Salisbury train station 1600H with 30-minutes stay inside Stonehenge vicinity.

Stonehenge is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Salisbury Plain of over 2000 hectares that is considered one of the most archaeologically rich in Europe. Stonehenge is a prehistoric temple, its great stones raised about 4,500 years ago. It is a masterpiece of engineering, with the stones carefully arranged to line up with the movements of the sun. The ruins we see today is the end result of many different stages of construction and rebuilding in history. Some of the stones have been removed, many have fallen, some were re-erected and completed in 1964. due to fragile below-ground archeology, preserved stone surfaces and prehistoric carvings, access inside the circle is possible only at certain times outside normal opening hours.

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge

England's finest landmark; 21.7km Biking to Stonehenge


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