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The Sweet Track 

Ancient Trackway, Peat Moors Visitor Centre, Somerset Levels 


A reconstruction of the Sweet Track
that you can walk on, at the visitor centre
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The Sweet Track is a supreme, if not so obvious example of Neolithic engineering, 6000 years old. An elevated footpath that ran for almost 2km across the Somerset levels swamps. Extensive tree ring studies have shown that Ash, Oak and Lime trees were systematically cut, pre-fabricated and transported to the site, where they were built into a narrow footpath supported on crossed poles, driven into heavy poles underwater and pegged together. Finally the Oak walking platform was laid on top of the V shaped notch. All this indicates a high degree of organisation and forward planning.

Some repairs were carried out, but it is clear that the Sweet Track was only in use for around ten years, probably due to the rising water level engulfing it.


Pictured left is the Abbot's Way, a more recent trackway from only 4000 years ago that can also be road-tested at the excellent Peat Moors Visitor Centre

Access: Sections of the Sweet Track are on display in the British Museum, London. The replica photographed above is at the Peat Moors Visitor Centre, near Glastonbury, along with many other finds and re-constructions of prehistoric life. In many ways this centre is like Butser Hill Ancient Farm in Hampshire, which is also well worth a visit.

More information on the Peat Moors Visitor Centre -

Address: The Willows, Shapwick Road, Westhay, Glastonbury. Phone: 01458 860697
Opening hours: 1000-1630

Find out more about the visitor centre, and the Somerset Levels in general here.


Rating: (Visitor Centre) General Impression 5, Ambience 2, Access 4


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