A wet and windy walk on a hill near my house. However, with a good friend and my dog Bonny; it was great fun.

Near my house in England runs a ridge way that stretches almost right across southern England. At the point nearest me; an ancient camp and engraving lie on the hillside.

Wanting to say goodbye to an old friend before I spent a few months overseas; we agreed to a short walk and talk up on these hills. The weather alternated between brilliant sunshine and heavy rain.

We agreed to meet in the free car park on top of the hill and set off in high spirits. From our lofty position we could see a front of rain rapidly passing over the west Wiltshire towns in our direction. We tightened our jackets and gritted our teeth. Just as we were considering giving up and returning to civilization; the rain stopped and a beautiful blue sky appeared above us.

After walking above the horse carved into the chalk hillside; we walked around the perimeter of the Iron Age hill fort. As we started to return to the car park; we extended the walk by using an old drove road to return to the ridge line. We look across to the church of Bratton in the now brilliant evening sun; then used the ancient ridge way to return to the car park.

Here is some more information on the Iron Age hill fort and chalk horse:
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bratton-camp-and-white-horse/


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Parking, refreshments and other tips:
Free car park open 24 hours. Keep valuables out of view if left in the car. Ice cream van in the summer. Access roads can be busy at weekends and evenings. Take care in the winter as access roads are not cleared and gritted by the council

Energy required:
383 calories

Time taken:
1 hr 2 minutes

Relaxometer:
Wet but relaxed


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