Last Friday I ventured north of Devizes to the very scenic Roundway Hill, an Iron Age hillfort and site of a famous battle in the Civil War, where the Royalists crushed the Parliamentarians. It's other name is therefore Oliver's Castle. In any case, it's now a beautiful Site of Special Scientific Interest, protected for its chalk downland. When we visited, the cowslip display was just over, but the chalk milkwort (bright blue patches) and early purple orchids were providing a beautiful patchwork of colour. The abundance of the rare corn bunting, together with other farmland birds such as yellowhammer, made for a very atmospheric walk. The views are amazing right across the plain, and only a very short drive from Devizes.
Next week I'm in Turkey so won't be posting for a little while.