Huewinn & The ‘Henge
I’ve recently read an article on planned alterations made to the A303/M3 route due to the excessive build up of traffic from the English heritage site: The Stonehenge.
(Article can be read here)
Coincidentally enough, I’d only just returned from my trip through the same road! Despite my enthusiasm, I don’t consider the Stonehenge itself to be anything of amazing value. However, the commute from Westbury to London via the A303/M3 route past the pile of glorified rocks is beautiful in its own way.
I have in fact been close up and personal with the stones twice in my lifetime (so far) – once as a child, and the second as an ‘adult’. I have segments of memories from my first visit to the Stonehenge as an 8-year old child. In my mind, my family day trip seemed to drag on for hours! I was a small girl with an audio headset and stunted legs trotting around the site impatiently waiting for my father to take the family home already! All in all, it didn’t leave much of an impression and the audiotape failed to grasp the attention of an 8-year old child.
This year, I’d returned to the Stonehenge to see if my opinion of the site had changed. It did, but for the worse. Man, I was disappointed! While I understand that your perspective as a child and as an adult are going to be different, I didn’t expect it to be so drastic! I was wholly underwhelmed by the meager size of it all, and what was estimated to have been a 2-hour trip around the site, turned into a stretched-out 30 minute circle around it. Once again, there wasn’t much of an impression left on me – and for the price that you’re paying?! C’mon!
Although I found Stonehenge to be anything but spectacular close up, it truly is a completely different sight when viewed from a 7mp/h speed on the carriageway. The sun hits the stones and it glistens like shards of crystals placed on a pedestal in an empty field. Despite the build up of traffic, it is definitely not something you’d like to miss. Albeit… spectacular!
So the next time you, or anyone you know drives past the A303 transport build up, dedicate the next few minutes towards the beauty of the site from afar. Although you’ll be caught up in the tortoise-paced traffic, the free showing of the English heritage site is not something to be missed. Think about it, before you know it, you’ll be zooming off at 50+mp/h to get back on track to the destination you’re supposed to be going to!
(Plus, you may not get a chance to in the future if the planned works go ahead!)
So buckle up, and enjoy the experience while you can.