Tuesday, May 22, 2007

So we left Bradford on Avon and headed back towards London on the rather circuitous but very pretty A4. Our first stop was a place called Cherhill, also in Wiltshire. Since last year, I've become a little bit fascinated by chalk drawings (We went to see the White Horse in Oxfordshire) and so we thought we'd visit another one. Unfortunately, because we stopped off in Chippenham for dinner, it was already pretty late by the time we reached Cherhill and so I didn't relish getting back in the Big Smoke after midnight. So we stopped, I took a couple of shots with my camera from the roadside and then we left. After Cherhill, we visited Avebury, which is a stunning place, famous for its standing stones and where Julian Cope lives. When we got there, I could see why: as soon as you turn the bend, suddenly there they are. In fact, sheep graze around them and people walk their dogs by them. I have never been to Stonehenge but I've heard people criticise it because you can't get particularly close. Well, here you can and they are absolutely spectacular. Totally out of place in 21st century England but perhaps that's why they are so stunning. We didn't spend long in Avebury (not as long as I'd liked) and we left, heading for the motorway to make up some time but we did pass (guess what) another white horse in the car journey towards Swindon and the M4. So the trip back from Bristol was fantastic and just proved how much there is to see in Wiltshire. The drive is a great way to engage with the English countryside…



Blogger sacha said...

There are some nice photos here. Are you using the same camera?

10:09 pm  
Blogger joelmead said...

Thanks. It's the same camera I've had since late last summer…A 6 megapixel compact

11:45 am  

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