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Two Castles

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by boboneleg, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    • So having put the winter wheels/tyres on the Donkey the other day it was time to get them dirty. First thing I noticed was how much more 'lively' the bike felt after riding all summer on Mitas E-07's but it it was fine after riding about an hour of tarmac.

      First stop was by the gatehouse of the Spye Park estate..........

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      and onto Heddington Steps which doesn't have any steps anymore, it's been totally sanitised , you could drive your car up there nowadays :becca

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      and then rode a couple of trails around Devizes......

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      and then up onto Salisbury Plain via the Redhorn Hill vedette. When the army are playing war there would be a red flag flying here and a barrier across the trail but no live firing today so on we go...........

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      There are plenty of warnings about not straying from the byway, if you're stupid enough to do so you really are playing russian roulette....

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      and down to the tank graveyard which is good place to stop and get the flask out for a coffee.........

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  2. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    So I carried on going south and then took a detour to the east and came across this............

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    Now on the Plain there are puddles that you can loose a bike in so I got off and tried to gauge the depth but in the end it was fine, there was only one hole in it and I rode through it safely. Then I managed to scoot around this one to visit another tank but it looks sadder every time I see it :eek7

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    So once I got to the Rollestone Camp I carried onto the first castle of the day via tarmac.

    Old Sarum is quite important in English history but I wont bore you with the details , you can find it all here........

    https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/old-sarum/history/

    Because of Covid-19 you can only visit now by pre-booking and then you have to turn up within your chosen hourly slot. Well I dragged myself around the site in my bike gear for 45 minutes but I'll go back another day with my wife in the car and wearing more suitable gear.

    I'll let the photos do the talking.............
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  3. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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  4. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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  5. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Opposite Old Sarum is a Roman road , parts of which you can still ride........

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    and near Firsdown there is even a bench on the byway so you can stop and have your lunch [​IMG]

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    Then I did a couple more byways including Whiteshoot hill which was 'interesting ' going down on the wet chalk [​IMG]

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    and then I rode the back roads to get to the second castle of the day.
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    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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  7. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    • Now it was time to head for home so it was back up onto the Plain to ride tracks to Westbury and then tarmac back to Bristol.

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      It started to get really breezy and you could see big showers in the distance but I managed to avoid them and made it back home dry

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  8. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Beautiful pics Bob!
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  9. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    Nice report, thanks! Long ago I spent a little time working in the Salisbury area outfitting the Harrier with new instruments. The pictures are a nice reminder of a beautiful area. Old Saurm was fascinating. I didn't understand why someone would dismantle a stone church and move it a few miles.
    There is a nice old pub in Salisbury. I was told it is one of the oldest continuously operated pubs in the UK, since 1320.
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  10. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Wow, that must've been a fair contrast between New Mexico and Salisbury.
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  11. B10Dave

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    Great pics. Thanks for the history lesson...:thumb
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  12. Pavement Optional

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    Nice pics. I remember driving on a country lane in Salisbury years ago when a tank came at us down the road. It was quite shock to 3 young American visitors.
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  13. CdnGS

    CdnGS Been here awhile

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    Great report and history lesson. Love that the public can ride thru an active range (with UXO). Adds a new dimension to the adventure aspect if you make a wrong turn. No way can you do that on this side of the pond
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    Great ride report! And great photos! Though I must say, looks like the dragon definately took out that second castle.
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  15. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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