The third in a series of three articles about the North Wessex Downs AONB has been published in The Countryman magazine. This final article looks at the eight white horse hill figures that lie within the North Wessex Downs, including the stunning Uffington white horse that has been galloping across the downs for over 3000 years; published in October 2015 issue of The Countryman.
The second in a series of three articles about the North Wessex Downs AONB has been published in The Countryman magazine. The article briefly covers the archaeology of the area from majestic Avebury to mysterious Silbury Hill and Neolithic long barrows to Iron Age hill forts; published in August 2015 issue of The Countryman.
Take a walk through the rolling West Berkshire countryside visiting Chapel Row and Beenham, in the North Wessex Downs AONB. From Chapel Row – home to The Bladebone pub and Blackbird Cafe – the walk heads through fields and woods to reach Upper Woolhmapton, home to the impressive Douai Abbey. Leave behind the abbey and head for Beenham, passing St Mary’s Church and The Six Bells pub, before meandering back to Chapel Row; published in the July 2015 issue of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life.
Head to Burghclere in north-west Hampshire to visit the counties answer to the Sistine Chapel. Shortly after starting out, the walk passes the modest red-brick Sandham Memorial Chapel (National Trust) built in the 1920’s. However, inside is a stunning series of large-scale murals painted by the acclaimed English artist Sir Stanley Spencer, to honour the ‘forgotten dead’ of the First World War. The climax of the series, which took six years to complete, is The Resurrection of the Soldiers, in which British soldiers lay their white wooden crosses, that had marked their graves, at the feet of Christ. After passing The Carpenter’s Arms the walk heads through fields and woods, crossing the disused Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway which closed in 1960 on the way, before returning back to the start; published in the July 2015 issue of Hampshire Life.
Take a look at the rolling chalk landscape of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), celebrating the region’s heritage from writer’s that have been inspired by the landscape, to the ominous outline of Combe Gibbet, the larger-than-life effigies at St Mary’s Church in Aldworth and the splendour of Highclere Castle; published in the June 2015 issue of Countryman Magazine.
For a much more detailed look at the North Wessex Downs take a look at The North Wessex Downs published by Hale Books (for more information about the book, please visit the Books Page on this website), whilst in the summer, the new Walking in the North Wessex Downs guide will be published by Cicerone; more details on the Books Page soon.