CHALK DOWNLAND IN SPRING

Countryfile Magazine - - May In The Country -

Orchids and other wild­flow­ers scat­ter through the grasses of this un­spoilt tract of downland at Whitesheet Hill in west Wilt­shire. You can al­most hear the sky­larks over­head and pic­ture blue but­ter­flies and skip­pers danc­ing through the fo­liage. Poet Ed­ward Thomas loved to es­cape into such land­scapes to find per­spec­tive in the sweep­ing views and curv­ing es­carp­ments, as well as in­spi­ra­tion from the mys­te­ri­ous bar­rows and other an­cient earth­works that still haunt these land­scapes. Read more about Thomas on page 40.

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