Barbury Castle & Hackpen White Horse

Barbury Castle Pressing on at a cruising speed of 50 knots brings us to a patch of sunshine lying on the ancient Ridgeway - and Barbury "Castle", (an Iron-Age fort) on the edge of Marlborough Downs, with the Ridgeway straggling up to it or down from it, depending on your direction of travel. (East is left, West is right). Prehistoric, the Great Ridgeway is surmised to be the oldest road in Britain, most of it unsurfaced.
Heading West along the ridge brings us to this doughnut-shaped clump of trees - "a burial ring" explains Graham. The ridge is around 600 feet above sea level, and we are staying below 1,000 feet, which makes for superb close-up views - and demands skill to stay strictly legal.
Tree clump Burial ring close-up
The area is rich in ancient and  historic works of man, seen so well from the air. We continue West to view a commemoration of Queen Victoria's Coronation, the 1838 Hackpen White Horse, somewhat overgrown at the moment, before turning off  the ridge, and heading back to Wroughton. 
Hackpen White Horse Farmer Henry Eatwell's white horse is on a shallow part of the hill, making it more difficult to see - and photograph - from the ground, than other Wiltshire white horses, so up here is definitely the right place to be. We are probably being given a view denied to Farmer Eatwell and his assistant, (a local publican), as well as the majority of today's visitors.

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