We were fascinated to read this, right at the end of the Wiltshire Archaeology and Natural History Society’s plea for vehicles to be banned from the byways around Stonehenge,

“The Society encourages, for the same reasons and as a matter of parity, the Council to propose as soon as possible the permanent prohibition too of motorised vehicles on Byways in the Avebury part of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.”

We entirely concur. The law relating to access is complex and many tracks in Britain ought to be shared by many interests but the environs of both Stonehenge and Avebury are very special and there is surely no room for this or this!

We noticed this gaggle of 4x4s recently, enjoying a visit to the West Kennet Avenue. It might well be that they had just come from the Ridgeway, where they are allowed during the Summer months. They were from Dudley way, where we happen to know there are a very large number of disused railway tracks and endless nearby picturesque “Green Lanes”. It seems to us there is plenty of room for 4x4s beyond the Stonehenge-Avebury World Heritage Site and it would be much better to leave the Ridgeway to the walkers, cyclists and the skylarks

4x4s lined up along the West Kennet Avenue at Avebury