I am back from a recent break when we visited a few places in the south west of England and the trip started at Salisbury in Wiltshire. We were staying on a campsite there quite close to the city and just beneath Old Sarum. Human occupation of Old Sarum goes back around 5000 years and it was lovely to wander around the site. The ruins of the royal palace are quite extensive and the remaining walls are impressive both in their age and the construction.
The city of Salisbury itself was lovely to spend some time in. There are plenty of green spaces and the pace of life is quite unlike many modern cities more akin to places like Chester than the Londons and Manchesters of this age. The markets there seemed busy and there was some great local produce available at the Farmers Market. Obviously one of the major attractions is the cathedral. It has the tallest spire in the UK and parts date back to the 13th century – see here for more details. Two of the views above were taken Harnham and the Old Mill there (see below) with the third taken actually at the cathedral. While the whole building is of real interest some will find the opportunity to see one the the four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta irresistible, We were lucky as a pair of peregrine falcons had nested on the spire this year and the RSPB had set up telescopes to allow people to watch the birds and their young. I’ve seen them in other places but it was good to see them in the city setting.
We walked around the city quite a bit and walked over the city marshes to Harnham one day. This is where the painter Constable painted his iconic picture of the cathedral from (and a couple of my photos in the section above this were taken from there). The Old Mill is a grade 1 listed building and really does look lovely particularly in the sunlight. It is now a hotel and bar so a good place to stop off for refreshments.
We had a great time in Salisbury and will hopefully return one day however it was time to move on and there will be another blog on our next stopping point soon. I’ll just leave some photographs of some of the lovely sunsets we enjoyed.