|Wow! The Rollrights are only an hour and twenty minutes away from Wolverhampton! I never realised!
Summer Garland made some proper tomato soup and took me to Oxford(shire) in her new posh Ford Ka. Although I've been to this site a few times before, I never fully appreciated now near it was. Cool (and groovy)!
The surroundings to the site have changed since my last visit about five years ago. The little hut is a bit of a mess, with timber and bits of tat outside. There are three new fences, which act as a kind of walkway to the circle. Quite a nice touch I thought, as your first view of the circle proper is a little more dramatic as you peep 'round the fence.
And the circle itself? It's a joy as always. After visiting quite a few circles in Derbyshire recently, I was struck by the differences in the stone. This circle is quite unlike any other I've visited. These gnarled corroded limestone monoliths give the circle a eerie, almost unfriendly aura at first. After a while in the (almost perfectly symmetrical) circle, you begin to feel at home... as 4,000+ years melt away and the only sound you can hear inside the monument is the distant hum of traffic on the A-whatever half a mile away. I stood by the tallest stone in the northern part as the winter sun set. I'll be back again soon!
The Whispering Knights were conspiratorial, the King's Stone was majestic and twisted, and the weather was November. Maaan, that soup was good!
Posted by suave harv
23rd November 2003ce
Edited 24th November 2003ce
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