Wessex Ridgeway - Avebury to Westbury - Day 1
Thursday 22nd July 2021
Day one of my two day walk covering the first section of the Wessex Ridgeway, from Avebury to Tisbury.
London July 2021
After getting the train to Swindon, then a taxi from there, I set myself up for today's walk with a pub lunch at the Red Lion in Avebury.
The view across to the stones from the pub.
Finally now embarking on my walk, beginning with the pretty streets of Avebury.
...and a quick nod to some of the stones at Avebury as I passed.
The cottages of Avebury were looking especially pretty today.
Out into open countryside now.
The first signpost for the Wessex Ridgeway I spotted on today's walk.
All that remains of the Beckhampton Avenue of stones to the west of Avebury.
Info on Beckhampton Avenue.
After crossing the A4.
Looks like somebody had a fire here.
It was really quite hot at this point.
A tumulus which marked the turning point of the Wessex Ridgeway, from here heading south west towards Cherhill Hill.
Approaching Cherhill Down.
Weirdly alien looking plant.
The views from Cherhill Hill.
I think this was a Roman road.
Passing the Baltic Farm enclosure, more prehistoric interest here.
Large gap in the photos after a fairly gruling trudge in the hot sun across Roundway Down. I permitted myself a break here on Roundway Hill, just outside of Devizes.
The view from where I sat.
More views from Roundway Hill as I set off once again.
The road heading into Devizes.
Oddly a picture of broken palettes on the outskirts of Devizes.
Beyond Devizes, I crossed over the Kennet and Avon canal.
Approaching Etchilhampton Hill.
On the way into the small village of Stert now.
Dismantled railway bridge near Stert - I think this was part of the old Devizes branch line.
A shady lane.
The sun already starting to hang a little low in the sky.
A deer in a field.
The Wessex Ridgeway crosses the railway tracks here. Always a bit nerve wracking.
Beyond the railway, heading towards Urchfont.
I could hear the church bells in Urchfont in the distance, so tried to capture a video of it, but possibly mistimed it.
I think this is part of Peppercombe Wood Nature Reserve on the edge of Urchfont.
The church in Urchfont, where the bells had been emanating from.
Another video of the church in Urchfont.
The village pond in Urchfont, where I sat and rested a while.
Not really sure why I took a picture of this traffic island in Urchfont!
Heading up Urchfont Hill.
I periodically stopped and turned to see the progress of the sunset.
The sun just about disappearing now.
The Wessex Ridgeway follows the Imber Range Perimiter Path from here, and I had a rather long trudge along it trying to find a spot to bivvy down for the night.
The moon in the distance.
I eventually found a corner of a field which seemed just about out of the way enough to at least stop and make a late dinner.
Alas though this didn't turn out to be a good spot to bivvy down, so I had to keep on trudging.
I walked back down the hill into Market Lavington. A friend had joked that I would end up sleeping in the middle of a roundabout. This one didn't seem particularly suitable.