Silbury Hill

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Lonely Planet review

This huge mound rises abruptly from the surrounding fields just west of Avebury. At more than 40m high, it's the largest artificial earthwork in Europe and was built in stages from around 2500 BC. No significant artefacts have been found at the site, and the reason for its construction remains unclear. A massive project to stabilise the hill took place in 2008 after a combination of erosion and damage caused by earlier excavations caused part of the top to collapse. Direct access to the hill isn't allowed, but you can view it from a lay-by on the A4. For more atmospheric views, take the footpath across the fields from Avebury (1½ miles each way) to the hill's north side.