SU2381 : West along the Ridgeway, Foxhill, Swindon

taken 15 days ago, near to Hinton Parva, Swindon, Great Britain

West along the Ridgeway, Foxhill, Swindon
West along the Ridgeway, Foxhill, Swindon
The Ridgeway is an ancient long-distance route that runs east to west across much of southern England. This section is classified as a byway. It is unmetalled but in quite good condition apart from potholes here and there. It is also bone dry at present.
The Ridgeway :: SU4784

The Ridgeway is part of an ancient trading route dating back 5000 years and linking Dorset with Norfolk. For much of its length it follows the clear escarpment of the Berkshire Downs. Being on chalky ground, the elevated route had the advantage of being dry, making progress relatively easy. It also offered those travelling along it good views of the surroundings, which could protect them from attack. The present well defined alignment of the Ridgeway was established after the Enclosure Acts of the 1750s, which encouraged the building of earth banks and hedges.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020   (more nearby)
Friday, 22 May, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Roads, Road transport 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 236 816 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.0175N 1:39.6435W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 236 817
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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