I think it’s fair to say, as a famous prehistoric monument thats considered one of the many wonders of the world, a visit to Stonehenge is a must, to tick it off that travel bucket list.
However, if you’re like me, you’d be astonished with the fact that there is an entry cost, or you’ll at least be shocked with how much it actually is; standing at a cost of £20+ per adult ticket. I completely get that the place holds a lot of history, money is needed for its upkeep and it’s a good way to boost the economy through tourism, HOWEVER, I don’t think it’s necessary to have a price tag that high. I’d have been happy with probably £5 or paying for parking.
Anyway, the good news is, I’m here to share a way you can visit the Stone Circle for completely free, yup, that’s right, FREE! Now you may think, “but is that even allowed?” and the answer is YES! The way I am going to detail below, is completely legal and takes you just a stones throw (how appropriate) away from the main attraction.
Understandably, paying for admission will get you that extra bit closer and would have additional features to help you learn about the attraction, but if you’re like my friends and I and are just interested in getting a snap of the formation itself, this route is for you.
For the Sat Nav, plug in Fargo Road and find a spot to park up. Now, we didn’t actually park on Fargo Road itself, and didn’t go up far enough to actually assess the parking available here but I’ve heard elsewhere, this is a well known road to park up and is actually home to ‘Woodhenge’ too, so at least you can tick off another little attraction. We had travelled up from down South, so after exiting the roundabout and heading along the A345 towards Fargo Road, we actually spotted the gate on the left hand side to access the walking route to Stonehenge, so just parked up in the bays available on the road. It is a fairly busy road with houses that need access to their drives, but between each house was at least one unrestricted bay for parking, and there were plenty of space when we visited so you should be able to do the same.
Once parked up, wherever you are on the road, head down in the direction of the roundabout/Amesbury and on the side you’ll see a gate to access the footpath towards Stonehenge. From here, it’s a straight foreword walk that’s just over 3 miles – it took us a total of approximately 45 minutes to reach the Stone Circle.
The walk is nothing to strenuous, easy to follow, and was actually extremely quiet so I don’t think it’s that well known of a route…or the rest of the population are willing to pay to visit, unlike me. Either way, it’s a relaxing little walk and the perfect excuse to stretch your legs mid journey around the area, and stop to tick the attraction off the list.
Once you pass the first gate, the walk is a straight gravel like path, stretching approximately 1 mile. You really can’t get lost for the first section of the walk as it’s just following the gravel path around, the only other routes off the path are access to farms, or gated, so just ignore these and just keep following the path. You’ll pass one directional sign pointing you straight ahead, and then you’ll reach one that directs you left.
From here, you’ll be faced with another gate. Go through it and again, just follow the path that goes in a sort of upside down, back to front L shape. The route from this point onwards turns into a more grassy route but nonetheless, remains an easy walk.
Along this route, the only real part of the walk where you could take the wrong turning, is when you get to the information post on your right hand side. You’d think you have to follow the path straight forward, instead, go through the gate and head straight towards Stonehenge in the distance. This part of the walk is via a live working field, so be aware that there will be cattle around. Just keep heading straight until you reach the gate at the bottom of the field.
This gate is the final gate (and stretch) of the journey. As you head further away from the gate, Stonehenge will re-appear in the distance and you can see this is the only inclined part of the walk. The final stretch of the route did appear to be more overgrown than the rest, but nothing ridiculous.
And then you’re there! You’ll be amazed just how close you actually are to the attraction, and why you’re right to agree with me that £20+ is overpriced!!
As you can see, there’s two fences that obstruct you from being in the grounds of the attraction, but the distance between them and where paid visitors are standing (see the guy on the right) is minimal, and with just a little raise of the arms, you can get just as good of photos as those who’ve spent money!! Even those who paid, don’t have the opportunity to stand amongst the stones – there’s a black rope around the circumference of the Stone circle, with information sign points spread across it but hey, if you want to educate yourself via the free route, there’s always safari on your phone!!
I’m pretty sure the sand like path between the two fences is another free walking route, but unfortunately I’m unaware of that one – if you happen to read this and know, or find out, please do share in the comments.
Otherwise, I hope this blog helps you enjoy the outdoors and tick off this epic monument!!