The ALVA figures for 2020 have been released. I have chosen the top 10 locations for the National Trust for Scotland where there is easily accessible data for 2019. I have not included Corrieshalloch Gorge (56,060), Ben Lomond (54,266), or Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland Garden (45,957). These 10 sites attracted 934,938 in 2020, down from 2.1 million in 2019.
Using the Top 10 sites for 2019, the fall is from 2.1 million to 888,159 in 2020.
The figures reflect how landscapes and gardens have been used to allow the public to re-engage with heritage sites and locations.
One of the ways that significant parts of our heritage can be protected is through the listing process of Historic England (further details here).
Duck houses form part of the ephemeral heritage of country house estates and can often be overlooked. The medieval style duck house at Hedingham Castle in Essex floats in one of the lakes created in 1720. It deliberately evokes the 12th century castle keep in the estate.
Such an unusual feature stands alongside scheduled duck decoys (e.g. Peterborough).
One of the joys of visiting Stonehenge and Avebury has been exploring the immediate vicinity of the stones. Now that the Stonehenge visitor centre has started to encourage visitors to see the structure in a wider setting, it is helpful to think about some of the ways of identifying walks and paths.
Wessex Archaeology produced Beyond Stonehenge subtitled A guide to Stonehenge and its prehistoric landscape (2nd ed. 1991). The sections are:
The first Stonehenge
The stones arrive
Fields and farms
The search for the past
Visitor information and guide map
The National Trust produced a folder, Walking around Avebury (1997). The booklet part has sections on: