This is a rant about the way Avebury and its ancient stones set within the landscape of the downs is slipping into a sad shadow of its former self. There is a point when enough is enough, and the ‘disneyfication’ of a World Heritage Site stopped.
Let me first introduce you to the mysterious manifestations that appear overnight in the great wheat fields on the downs. Unknown creatures descend at night, wander round in the dark and produce ‘miraculous’ circular patterns called crop circles to the fury of the local farmers.  There is unfortunately a certain gullible element in the human race, that would like to believe it is the hand of aliens that has been at work here, so this phenomena is of world wide interest.
Take half-an hour of a Sunday afternoon, and let’s see what happens. Here comes a bus load of ‘foreign’ people, who wander across the Avenue, find the wire fencing is difficult to get over, so spend ten minutes divesting themselves of their coats which are then laid on fencing and everyone hauls themselves over to go and look at the mysterious circle, – back to the bus and on to the next. Imagine this being repeated at all the circles (there are quite a few) on the downs. 
Wow – up roars four landrovers, one safari painted (we’re in deepest, darkest, wild Wessex here) and our occupants hell bent on crop circle viewing trog up Waden Hill to once again climb over fences to view this particular circle. Their landrovers on closer inspection are covered in mud, it drips slowly onto the road, and as the only track round here is the Ridgeway we can assume that they have been ‘off roading’ along this ancient trackway reducing it to a muddy rutted mire – bless em.
Planes buzz overhead, the magnetic pull of Avebury’s magical hold spreads far into the landscape, children chase the poor sheep round the stones, young men scale the heights of the stones and lousy coffee is served up in the National Trust cafe.

Heaven preserve us the world is going mad at Avebury, but at least the Pagans bring one thing that everyone else has forgotten about and that is respect – perhaps there is a lesson to be learnt here!