Spend the day enjoying archaeology in the landscape of Down Farm, led by Martin Green. The morning will begin with the opportunity to visit the Down Farm Museum, followed by a tour of the sites in Fir Tree field. This will also include the chance to find out how students from Southampton University are progressing on the Training Dig site.
The afternoon will include a longer walk over Gussage Down earthworks (first planned by Colt Hoare, who described it as one of his favourite places for communing with the Ancient Britons) and taking in Neolithic long barrows; crossing the Dorset Cursus; and walking along the Ackling Dyke. The afternoon will finish at the restored henges and Neolithic house footprint on Wyke Down, before a short walk back to Down Farm.
Bring stout shoes, clothes suitable for all weathers, a packed lunch and an enquiring mind! (Please note this outing is not suitable for those with walking difficulties). Own transport essential.
Meet and park at Down Farm (off the A354) ST 999 149. Farm postcode SP5 5RY
From Salisbury take A354 signposted to Blandford from Salisbury. Go straight over the large Sixpenny Handley roundabout. Turn off the A354 signposted Wimborne St Giles, (1st left after roundabout). Continue a short distance along this road. Take the tarmac lane on the right (signposted ‘Down Farm’). The farm is past the cottages on the right hand side.
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