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08 August 2018 @ 09:36 pm
Ridgeway Day 3  
14.5 miles (somewhat to our surprise since it was the shortest section - but we carried on to Avebury at the end and we weren't suicidal enough to take the shortest route via the main road so there was a bit of a detour through East and West Kennet before we ended up at one of the avenues leading into Avebury).

B walking along a large earth work bank

B standing between two pillars made from stone bricks
An "archless" railway bridge.

B. on the ramparts of Barbary Castle.

A white shape in the chalk
We passed another white horse and so went to look at it. This one was slightly easier to photograph than the famous one, though still difficult to get it all into one shot. The above is its head. Later in the day we saw it from the bus to Swindon and it looked much like a horsey drawn by a three year-old - which is debatably an improvement on the famous one which doesn't look much like any particular animal.

Two largish grey rocks in the grass
We began seeing more Sarsen stones in fields. According to the guidebook they often get mistaken for sheep.

A road with a standing stone either side of it, one in the foreground and one a bit further back
B. claimed every single standing stone at Avebury and its environs had its own wikipedia page (accessible as an object of interest from the map on his phone), but these two didn't so I felt the need to record two uninteresting standing stones.

An avenue of standing stones with a mown strip of grass up the middle
The avenue approaching Avebury.

Selfie of me with the avenue in the background

Our B&Bs Last Night and Tonight have been Fun

A circle of glass revealing the interior of a well with plants growing in it and a light shining down on them
The Well at the Inn with the Well in Ogbourne St. George.

A white country pub with hanging baskets
The Inn with the Well.

B sitting in a chair at a window photographing the view beyond of standing stones
Most of the trip was arranged around staying at a B&B within the stone circle at Avebury

A bed piled high with cushions with an elaborate pelmet above
Said B&B is a bit over-the-top - though at least it is over-the-top in a medieval way rather than a crystal skulls way. I'm not sure I could have coped with a bedroom full of crystal skulls and the shop over the road has a whole room devoted to the things.

Another pelmet, below which is a reproduction of the Lady and the Unicorn.  Below this is a countertop with a mirror and tea tray.  The front of the counter is decorated with a painting of ionic columns and a heraldic crest
Details that may not be immediately obvious in the above, are the USB sockets in the plugs behind the tea try and the notice forbidding Smoking, Incense and Candles.

A TV with a wooden carving of, I think, two lions either side of a thistle
Even the TV has a little carving on top of it

This entry was originally posted at https://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/510277.html.
fififolle: Sheepfififolle on August 9th, 2018 06:06 am (UTC)
Amazing! All of it!!
louisedennis: General:Walkinglouisedennis on August 11th, 2018 05:36 pm (UTC)
The walk definitely got more interesting the further west we got!
bunnbunn on August 9th, 2018 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I clicked through to see the TV Decorative Carving, I didn't get a sense of its true magnificence on Facebook!

That first pic with the path, clouds and cloud-shadows is magnificent!
louisedennis: General:Walkinglouisedennis on August 11th, 2018 05:37 pm (UTC)
We had much more interesting skies on Day 3 and even some rain once we were comfortably ensconced in our B&B.
liadtbunny: Mediaeval King blingliadtbunny on August 9th, 2018 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ha! Love the decorative TV carving.
louisedennis: Arthurianalouisedennis on August 11th, 2018 05:37 pm (UTC)
The whole B&B was great really!
Cordelia Delayne: [star trek tos] triocordeliadelayne on August 9th, 2018 03:56 pm (UTC)
Heh, those B&Bs are certainly something.
louisedennis: Arthurianalouisedennis on August 11th, 2018 05:38 pm (UTC)
About the right level of eccentricity really. We were a little concerned that any B&B within the ring at Avebury would be totally barking, but in the event it was just piled high with stuff - turned out one of the owners has an antiques business on the side.
Elaine of Astolatladyofastolat on August 9th, 2018 04:32 pm (UTC)
What an excellent TV carving!

We did that segment of the Ridgeway a few years ago, although in reverse order, as half of a circular walk starting and finishing at Marlborough. We entirely failed to notice the Other Horse. I remember all the "grey wethers" on Marlborough Down, though, which I genuinely kept mistaking for sheep. I always look suspiciously now at distant scattered sheep, half suspecting them on being sarsens in disguise.
louisedennislouisedennis on August 11th, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
The other horse was on the OS map, but not really highlighted in the guidebook so we spent a while debating about whether we were about to walk into the right field to find it. I did later find a passing mention to it in the guidebook and no doubt if we had been going from West to East (as assumed by the guidebook) I'd have spotted it more easily.
bigtitchbigtitch on August 10th, 2018 05:48 am (UTC)
I did a bit of that walk last year doing the avenue from Avebury and then looping back over the ridgeway via a couple of tumuli back into Avebury. It was a lovely day and the skylarks were singing. The B&B in Avebury looks properly bonkers though!
louisedennis: General:Walkinglouisedennis on August 11th, 2018 05:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh! We may have done that walk on Thursday - we went South from Avebury past Silbury Hill and West Kennet Longbarrow and then West to the Sanctury, back up the Ridgeway a bit past some Iron Age round barrows and then back towards Avebury.