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April 11, 2012

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jess

what a great trip. I love the castle, places like that hold a special interest to me.
The wild ponies are a lovely addition to the scenery too.

Lauren

Wow, great trip indeed,wish I could do the same. I wonder where that trail on the first image leads to.

funder

Lovely pictures! The coast is spectacular, and I love the ruined castle. I've always been fascinated by the English CW.

Transylvanianhorseman

Jess - there are so many castles around, particularly on the borders with Wales and Scotland, and some are still quite intact. I've even stayed the night in one - it's now a youth hostel.

Lauren - go into Google Maps, put in "The Fighting Cocks, Fordingbridge", then go 2000' east along the road to a car park. The trail leads southwest from there - not all that far however there are others that disappear into the heathland.

Funder - there are some great coastal walks around England and Wales in particular. The chalk cliffs go on for many miles. It's quite bracing up there on a windy day. The civil war has left many traces in terms of buildings and artefacts and also gave us the beginnings of a modern political system. (OK, it took a lot more work and some bloodshed to provide proper representation and suffrage.) Two villages near where I live took opposite sides in the civil war and still don't really get on. It's an interesting point that some of the English people who emigrated to America might have thought of the civil war when the same old aristocratic greed and autocracy appeared in a desire to tax the settlers as if they lived in some English shire - just the sort of thing they had emigrated to avoid! The resulting conflict was called the War of Independence, but it was still a civil war fought over deeply held beliefs about governance and liberty - just like when our ancestors got rid of Charles I.

horseideology

Wow! sooooo beautiful! What a lovely weekend away. But it's always good to return home after being gone.

The one time I got to England, we did go see Stonehenge. Someone had brought their CAT! lol~! it's hard to imagine history sometimes in our modern age.

Transylvanianhorseman

We drove past Stonehenge, which is smaller than I imagined. Now it's really expensive to get in (like $25 each) which is ridiculous as it's our heritage. So we didn't go in. I've not seen a cat at any of the hill forts or burial mounds, however there are times when druids turn up. My imagination calls up other visitors besides.

Joanne

Sounds like you had a lovely trip! One book I read recommended Avebury over Stonehenge. Evidently there they don't charge to see the stones, though there are some other attractions that charge an entrance fee. At least that writer found Avebury more peaceful. Have you been there? It's not far from Swindon, where I got off the train to visit the village of Filkins, so if my sister and I take a trip in that area, it's one of the things I'd be interested in seeing. At Llanthony in Wales I saw a priority that was also largely destroyed during the civil war, but that is still a lovely ruin and has a hotel attached.

White Horse Pilgrim

It was a nice trip. Personally I prefer Avebury as it is larger, more varied and quieter than Stonehenge. It is also free of charge to visit, though the pub and gift shop might tempt one into making some purchases. Stonehenge is expensive to enter and perhaps too much hyped compared to what it is - a small and crowded if iconic site. If you make another visit to the UK, do let me know - we could make a trip to Avebury.

I've been to Llanthony priory on horseback, tied my horse outside and had lunch in the hotel. That was fun.

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