Amesbury’s neighbour, Durrington, is a charming village, sharing the same parish as the pretty hamlet of Hackthorrne. Sitting on the Avon Valley, with the River Avon running through its boundary, Durrington nestles a mile away from the A303, with the A345 connecting it to Amesbury. The nearest mainline railway station for London and the South West is 5 miles away, with London just a 1 hour 20 minute journey by train. There is also a frequent local bus service to Salisbury and Swindon.
The Parish has an assortment of facilities, including three mini supermarkets, a number of takeaways, hairdressers/barbers and doctors’ surgeries, a DIY store, a local garage, a carpet shop, library, post point, two public houses and four churches. There are three primary schools, a secondary school and a number of nurseries and pre-schools, as well as a swimming pool, sports centre and tennis courts. There are a number of play parks, a skate park, BMX track and Multi-use Games Areas, as well as a village hall, recreation ground and pavilion, where frequent activities take place to support the community throughout the year.
Like Amesbury, Durrington has a long history, dating back to the Neolithic era, with two ancient sites also in the parish, Durrington Walls and Woodhenge. Durrington Walls is the site of a large Neolithic settlement and later henge enclosure, located in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. It lies 2 miles (3.2km) north-east of the more famous site. Between 2004 and 2006, excavations on the site revealed seven houses and it has been suggested that the settlement may have originally had up to 1000 houses and perhaps 4,000 people, if the entire enclosed area was used. The period of settlement was about 500 years, starting sometime between c.2800 and 2100 BC. It may have been the largest village in northern Europe for a brief period and at 500 metres (1,600 ft) in diameter, the henge is the largest in Britain, with recent evidence suggesting that it was a complementary monument to Stonehenge.
A popular village, Durrington is surrounded by the beautiful Avon Valley countryside, with perfect dog walking, riding and cycling country on its doorstep, the village is an ideal location for those looking for a home that is rural but not isolated.
Set close to the River Avon, the older part of the village retains many pretty thatched cottages, interspersed with more modern builds, offering a diverse range of homes that enjoy this thriving country spot.