Starting from The Inn With The Well, joined by Theo another long distance walker, a friend of Andrew: they met on the Camino; we headed off for as far as we could go on the Ridgeway bearing in mind that we needed a B&B for the night. For three people this was difficult, we phoned around the area, but got negative results; so we set off to just to see what happens, maybe we have to sleep under a tree?
So we began; walking along the main road and up a very steep hill to the Ridgeway.
Up to the Ridgway we turned left:
That’s Swindon over there and now we go this way:
I don’t recall why we took this diversion, but there was a hill fort in the distance.
So that’s the way we headed knowing the route most likely re-joined with the Ridgeway further on.
Then we walked along the edge of another flint field:
At the top of this hill a sign back on the Ridgeway or towards Liddington Castle (ancient Hill Fort), we took the route to the Castle and soon found a swath of earth energy; a Ley-line coming from it. We confirmed it with the Dowsing rods:
A past (2012) Crop Circle in the fields below the Castle at Liddington. (From Pinterest).
After our visit to Liddington we got back on coarse passing along the fields of rapeseed with just a few wild flowers confined to existing at the margins:
Meeting the main road we go to the right, crossing the M4 – bad vibrations here… and over towards Foxhill.
looks like the positioning of the Cell Phone tower has had little effect on the Ley-line energies, or does it amplify it? Maybe somebody put a tower buster nearby
We keep on the road going straight to our target the church of St John The Baptist rather than the longer on the Ridgeway option: and in 2011 lots of Crop Circles nearby at Hinton Parva. Beatiful flowering hedgerows on our route:
To the Church of Saint John The Baptist:
Only one thing to do now; seek out the village pub and get a well deserved pint or three.
Earlier we had phoned this pub The Royal Oak and told they had no vacancies. Just as we were planning our route and hoping to find a place to stay for the night at a point further along our route.
Then as we ate a magnificent meal (this pub has great but expensive food) The boss came over, looking at our packs he asked; where we came from and where we were going. (Pilgrims on a pilgrim route). He offered a large discount on accommodation in fact an entire house was put at our disposal (thank you Mr ‘G’).
So instead of heading onwards we took the afternoon off and stayed the rest of the day and night at the pub (what the pub lost on discounted accommodation – they gained in our newly adopted heavy drinking schedule! So the walk ended and we did about 8 miles.
We were serenaded by a band, and even the toilets that we frequented- often – were quit hospitable:
And so this day ended as a Pub to Pub walk: 8 miles approximately.
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