Silbury during Summer solstice sunrise, 2015. Image credit Jim Mitchell, Heritage Action.

Silbury at Summer solstice sunrise, 2015. [ Image credit Jim Mitchell, Heritage Action. ]

An excerpt fom Bill Bryson’s latest book, “The Road to Little Dribbling”:

“Just over a mile from Avebury is something about as amazing and possibly even more memorable than Avebury itself: Silbury Hill. This is not a National Trust property, so the Trust doesn’t draw visitors’ attention to it. That is unfortunate, for Silbury Hill is a wonder. It is 130 feet high – about the height of a ten-storey building – and is entirely made by hand. It is the tallest artificial prehistoric mound in the world. There is nothing like it anywhere else. It is covered in grass and is uniform all the way round. It is sensationally lovely to look at. It is genuinely perfect. It deserves to be world famous.