Living in Wiltshire, as we do, its very difficult to ignore the huge presence of Salisbury Plain, a vast area occupied partially by the military, and mostly out of bounds to us mere mortals. You can read a very comprehensive piece about it here.
It is possible, in some places, to drive right up to the Ridgeway which runs along the top of the north facing escarpment, with some fabulous views over Pewsey Vale to the north, and right along the edge of the military area to the south - this is where we went one lunchtime last week to have a picnic (in the car, I hasten to add!)
The Ridgeway, looking westwards
make no mistake, they mean this
I dont think you could go much faster anyway!
nice to be able to see what it is we are missing by not being able to enter
Pewsey Vale, looking to the east
a view to the west
The lookout tower doesn't appear to be occupied, but I think we'll go now anyway.
I've just noticed the date, which for us English is 9/10/11