|The rolling landscape of trackways and carvings|
We have reached the wide open spaces and rolling chalk downlands of central Wiltshire where we are moored in one of our very favourite spots on the whole K&A – outside the little village of All Cannings, half a dozen miles east of Devizes on a long and lock-free section of the canal.
Up on the hilltops are the trackways and burial sites of ancient man; the long barrows, Wansdyke and Ridge Way. Around the peaks circle brightly coloured paragliders and on a hillside in the distance is one of the many white horses that decorate the downs, this one dating back merely to 1812 not the stone age. Down on the canal are the familiar signs of the modern travellers: from orange lifeboats to massive barges.
|And the signs of the modern waterway traveller|
|A local shop for local people at All Cannings|
|See that tiny white speck up there|
What a glorious walk, though. A steep uphill track, then following the White Horse Trail as it wove along the curvaceous contours of the ridges toward our target. The views in every direction were stunning, even in the hazy evening light.
|Well now we are up here and it was quite a walk|
Then it was all downhill to rejoin the canal at Honeystreet by the famous Barge Inn, legendary headquarters of the 'croppies' and their fellow New Age travellers.
|The raucous campsite at the famous Barge Inn|
|Where the Floating Cinema showed a 'Crop Circles' film|