THE WESSEX RIDGEWAY: From the Stones to the Wheel – Warminster to Hindon

14 September.  The early morning warmth in the air boded well as I left Warminster, swiftly noted the suitably named Middle Hill and then  Scratchbury Hill before reaching Heytesbury.  What an idyllically situated village! I passed the ( very small) lock up; then residents taking offerings of jams, tomatoes and scarlet runners to their local…

THE WESSEX RIDGEWAY: From the Stones to the Wheel – Avebury to Devizes

Monday 9 September. Left Talbothays, travelled via the bookshop in Marlborough where we bought “Dig, dig, digging” and arrived at a peaceful home in Trusloe, Avebury. Incense, affirmations and crystals added to the energy inherent in this landscape. The Neolithic stone circle is the world’s largest and the Dalai Lama, is said to have declared…

THE WESSEX RIDGEWAY: From the Stones to the Wheel – Introduction

I am ready and prepared to begin my walk through Ancient Wessex tomorrow.  I have called the trek “From the Stones to the Wheel” because I am beginning at the immense stone circle at Avebury that lies inside Britain’s largest henge monument and finishing at St Catherine’s Tower in Abbotsbury.  St Catherine was, of course,…

WALKING BY THE FLEET IN SPRING

For several weeks I had been feeling the call to be in Hardy’s Wessex and this delightful circular walk from Fleet to Langton Herring and back alongside the tidal lagoon was an apt reminder of what I had been so deeply missing. I have lost count of the times I have visited Dorset and can’t…

THE WESSEX RIDGEWAY: From the Stones to the Wheel – Index of Posts

The Wessex Ridgeway – Avebury to Abbotsbury In September 2019 I am planning to walk from the stone circles at Avebury (“The Stones”) to St Catherine’s Chapel in Abbotsbury.  St Catherine being the Third Century martyr tortured and broken on a Wheel  (“The Wheel”).  The route will take me from Wiltshire, across Salisbury Plain and Cranbourne Chase…