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EASTER ON THE PLAIN DAY WALK - 16th APRIL 2022
Friday 22nd April 2022
On Easter Saturday morning a group of 12 pilgrims (and 3 dogs!) left the village of Heytesbury in Wiltshire in glorious sunshine for a 7 mile circular walk. We first made our way up to the edge of Salisbury Plain, the majority of which is owned by the Ministry of Defence, although there is plenty of access for members of the public.
Along the Way we listened to an Easter bible reading and got to know each other. There was quite a wide age range of people which made it interesting and some had travelled quite a way to join us. After stopping to have our packed lunches we continued down off the Plain to the small village of Upton Lovell and then followed part of the Wessex Ridgeway, criss-crossing the River Wylye. This area consists of water meadows and was a good contrast to the wide open areas up on the Plain. Here we listened to a poem written by Christina Rosetti called "Easter Eve" which was very moving. Also, one of the dogs took the opportunity to have a dip in the river!
Just before reaching Heytesbury once again we passed an interesting field full of sculptures made out of scrap metal, which you will see in the attached photos. It is called Bird Henge and was created by the Scraptors Sculpture Group.
At the end of the walk some of us went to the local pub for a well earned drink and others made their way home. Our experience was nicely summed up by one of the group: "We really enjoyed the day. A great walk, lovely weather and good company."