TV archaeologist Julian Richards is to lead a series of walks around the World Heritage site of Avebury this summer and autumn.

Dr Richards, who presented BBC’s Meet the Ancestors, is a noted expert on the archaeology of Avebury and Stonehenge and will be leading the Wessex Walks on Wednesday, June 6, Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, October 21.

The seven-mile circular walks begin at the Avebury stone circle and takes in many of Britain’s finest Stone Age monuments, including the West Kennett Long Barrow and Silbury Hill, the 130ft tall, 4,700-year-old artificial mound, sometimes referred to as Britain’s answer to the pyramids.

A home-made packed lunch is included in the £80 cost.

The Wessex Walks are part of a programme of study days running at museums, galleries and sites all over Britain throughout 2012.

The days are a new venture devised by specialist archaeological tour operator Andante Travels.

Annabel Lawson, archaeologist and director of Andante, said: “Study days offer the opportunity to look at something old in a new way. Our expert guides are able to open new interests for our guests, and frequently offer privileged access to their world while they do so.”

For more information ring Andante on (01722) 713800 or email