I’ve just returned from a 4-day trip to the West Country
visiting lots of sights along the way. I’d seen Stonehenge from the road
many times but never actually visited this iconic site. The walk over the
fields from the visitor’s centre, past ancient barrows and earthworks was
lovely, and approaching on foot, just as our ancestors would have, helped me
imagine how Stonehenge would have been when it was new. On to Glastonbury
and a walk, or rather scrabble, up the Tor with its breath-taking views out
across the Levels, to the peace and tranquillity of the Chalice Well Garden
where the modern world seems a million miles away. Then an expedition to
see Gog and Magog the not so easy to find last two remaining oaks of an ancient
processional avenue apparently. The Tor and oaks I’ve popped into my
paintings a few times in the past! Onto Tintagel to see the legendary
castle and Merlin’s cave to imagine how life would have been through the ages,
then through the breath-taking Cheddar Gorge to Wookey Hole, a place that
captured my imagination as a child when friends told tales of holiday visits
and so much more exciting and spectacular than I expected. The final stop
was Old Sarum, somewhere I’d seen in the distance passing by but never
visited. This ancient hill fort then castle has the most impressive
earthworks I’ve ever seen. A very inspirational trip and a reminder
England’s interesting and magical heritage.