When I visited Stonehenge as a teenager you could walk around and touch the stones but for safety of visitors and to protect the stones there is a path that takes you around them but not into the circle.
This stone is the heel stone and stands alone. From the centre of the circle this stone aligns with the sunrise on the summer and winter solstice. This stone is smaller than the main stones.
This view is the back of the circle i.e. you would be looking into the summer sunrise from here. The lump sticking up on the really big stone is a tenon which would fit into the hole in the lintel stone that would have been on top of it.
Some of the stones have fallen over so the circle does not look exactly how it looked when constructed. You can find out more about Stonehenge Here
We walked back to the visitors centre through the fields and I just had to take a photo of this thistle. There were a lot of them along the path and I just loved the colour.
This smaller thistle looks a little pale and insignificant next to it.
We had lunch at Stonehenge and enjoyed a very tasty salted caramel ice cream as dessert. From here we travel to Old Sarum. This is the site of a saxon settlement, a royal palace and a cathedral all situated in the middle of an iron age hill fort. On the way into the site I couldn't help but smile at these two chihuahua puppies. They were brother and sister and were having a great time chasing each other
In order to get into Old Sarum you have to cross the bridge over the deep ditch. This was never a moat as it didn't contain water. If it had the water would have seeped through the chalk that it is built on and the moat would have emptied.
The castle is in ruins but there were a lot of walls built of flint that showed the footprint of the buildings.
Apart from the footprint very little remains of the cathedral. This cathedral was built in the early 12th century but because of a poor water supply the cathedral was demolished and much of the stone reused in buildings in the new city of New Sarum or Salisbury as it is known today. You can find out more about the history of Old Sarum Here
From here we made the short journey into Salisbury where we are staying. After dinner and a walk we rounded the evening off with a couple of drinks in a pub in the town with our friends. Unfortunately no time for sewing today, but it has been a fun day.