Pupils from St Michael’s Primary School, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, walked from Woodhenge to Stonehenge recently.
The children from Years 3 and 4 have been learning about the Stone and Iron Age and the four mile walk followed the route people from the past may have travelled to visit the monument.
They first looked at the impact Durrington Walls has on the landscape before estimating and counting the number of post holes found at Woodhenge.
Durrington Walls was a place where people lived for part of the year and held feasts and rituals. This site and Stonehenge were in use more than 4,500 years ago.
The children then walked over the fields, completing an ‘I spy’ hunt of plants, trees and wildlife. On the route, they saw lots of burial mounds and the Stonehenge Cursus.
“The most impressive part of the walk was seeing the stones emerge as you climb a rise. The children were amazing on the walk to Stonehenge and they felt really proud of themselves for walking such a long distance,” said Owena Archer, Class Teacher.
At the visitors’ centre the children were met by local author Romy Wyeth, who showed them around the Stones, and told stories about the past. They also tried their hand at dowsing and found the lay line on which the stones stand. The trip finished with a look around the museum and the Stone Age huts.
“My favourite part of the day was when the whole class tried to pull one of the stones at the visitor’s centre. We only needed another 85 people to get it moving! It really showed how heavy the stones were,” said Joshua Casey, Year 4.