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Picnic Area

Kent, England
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Picnic Area

Is there anywhere to have a picnic near the stones with a good view. We will be driving right by on our way to Devon and plan to stop somewhere along the way to eat a packed lunch. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Cheltenham, United...
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1. Re: Picnic Area

Not a lot of help, but no-one with knowledge has stepped in. I don't think there is anything to stop you enjoying a picnic on the site of the stones, but from memory it is an undulating rather than hilly area so no panoramic views.

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2. Re: Picnic Area

unless you pay to enter the site there is not many places to stop there is a public right of way along side the stones you will see cars there from time to time but it is not safe to enter and leave the A303 at that point i know people do it but some never do it again and in june the right of way gets closed walking would be a diffrent matter but somewhere to park the car near by not so easy

woodhenge at durrington walls is free and not far off the A303 but you will not be able to see the stones from that point but still nice

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3. Re: Picnic Area

Which "stones" are we talking about? I was assuming Avebury as Stonehenge is so well documented as being inaccessible without following the rules.

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4. Re: Picnic Area

... but that now seems stupid. Apologies.

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5. Re: Picnic Area

Just to confirm, there is no place on or near the A303 that would be suitable for this. The only public road with a view of Stonehenge is the A303, but that is an extremely fast and busy road and there is no layby with a view of the stones.

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what you could do is as you will be comeing down the A303 is turn off at at the services at amesbury

you have Mcdonalds costa KFC pizza harvester ect go over the A303 and back up the 303 about half a mile turn left bulford camp tidworth take the first turning left on this road about half a mile on your left you will see a car park and sports fields if no sports events are on it is a nice spot continue down the hill cross roads turn left and its back to the A303 or continue on a few hundred yards on your right you will see a pub beer garden ect its a local pub not tourist or continue on past as you go around the bend you will pass a 12 centrey church on right and manor house on left keep on over the river avon up the hill to mini roundabout by garage ect continue on the road mile or so and just before the roundabout is the stonehenge inn car park meals ect at the round about if you turn left that road will take you back to the A303

if you take that road the first turn on your right will take you to wood henge parking grass area nice spot

or back at the stonehenge round about you carry on second exit insted of turning left the road continues up through larkhill you can at times see in the distance stonehenge to the left continue past larkhill in to the open country side after a mile or so there is a cross roads you will see a house right in front of you on the right you will see a dirt area where cars park if you see a red flag her it means the army are out playing can be a nice spot to rest if not turn left at the crossroads this road will take you down to the stoneheng center and back on past the center back to the A303

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7. Re: Picnic Area

You can park at Stonehenge (5#s if you don't have prebooked tix) and walk to the stones on a nice trail. It is a mile walk, but it means you can park safely, use the washrooms etc. We walked from Amesbury to the stones and it was amazing to see them from a distance. Enjoy

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8. Re: Picnic Area

when it is busy you cant get in the car park there are some very nice walks from amesbury durrington larkhill

but if you are driveing on the A303 and just want to stop and look you are very limited

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9. Re: Picnic Area

Sorry, a bit late in here, but I concur with the last post: you need a more leisurely visit to enjoy the landmark as stopping along the A303 is not an option.

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