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Jul 16, 2018

Icknield Way

Watch our amazing video from Avebury to Basildon Park along the Icknield Way

As a curtain raiser to Wayfaring on the 18th-21st July at Basildon Park, a National Trust property near Reading in Berkshire, the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has released a video on The Icknield Way.

Claimed by some as the oldest road in Britain, The Icknield Way is a chain of braided tracks running along a chalk spine, from the  cliffs of Dorset to the Norfolk Coast.  Their origins have been lost in time, however ancient landmarks across the landscape enable us still to trace their route today.  Basildon Park, beside the River Thames, sits on the edge of the route where the North Wessex Downs meet the Chiltern Hills.

The video maps the approximate route of the Icknield Way within the North Wessex Downs, and features some of the fascinating prehistoric landmarks and chalk landscape along it; including Avebury World Heritage Site (c. 2850BC) in Wiltshire, Uffington White Horse (c. 1750BC) in Oxfordshire and Seven Barrows in Berkshire, dating back to c. 4000BC.

‘Wayfaring’, is inspired by the ancient routes of the Icknield Way, and is a free outdoor installation at Basildon Park (18-21 July) and performance created by artists Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby, who work together as And Now: and co-commissioned by the Corn Exchange in Newbury with support from the Arts Council.
 
Access to Basildon Park and the art installation is free, and visitors can contribute to the artwork between 18th - 20th July.  On the evening of Saturday 21st July from 7pm live music and performance will transform the installation in a rousing celebration.  The audience will play an active part in Wayfaring - walking, looking, listening, maybe even singing, which is also free to attend but tickets need to be reserved in advance.

This video is royalty-free.  You can also view the video directly on YouTube: Icknield Way

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