Archive for June, 2010

White Sheet Hill Reported 25th June 2010

I visited this beautiful formation yesterday, which, I have to say,  is set in an equally beautiful location.

Sadie sent me some directions on how to get there, which I sent to Charles Mallet at the Silent Circle. Many people were very grateful, thanks Sadie.

Also Olivier Morel and Steve Alexander have provided me with some great photographs once again, thanks guys.

Michael says that there’s lots of geometry in this one so were preparing our next video blog. Meanwhile though, here’s the directions and the slide show:-

The formation can be reached from the bridleway linking the B3095 and B3092 crossing the top of White Sleet Hill. The circles lay in a field to the west and slightly north of the hill fort. A good visual reference to the location is the large radio mast set alongside the hill fort. On the bridleway near the fort you will see a National Trust information point and map. Go directly from here to the edge of the hill and the formation is revealed in all its glory!

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Savernake Forest, Nr Marlborough, reported 23rd June 2010

Another beautiful formation, this time at Savernake forest Nr Marlborough. Thanks to Olivier Morel for the great ariels and pole shots. To calculate the exact map position, Sadie took a bearing of the radio tv mast to the West, 280 degrees from magnetic north and also the South East corner of the field, 100 degrees. When adjusted for magnetic declination of 2 degrees 30 minutes these two bearings intersect close to map reference SU232687.

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Oare Nr Huish Reported 21st June 2010

Here is a slideshow of the formation to appear after the Summer Solstice at Oare, Nr Huish Wiltshire. Thanks once again to Olivier Morel and Andrew Pyrka for the great  shots.

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Chirton Bottom

I have received a mail from some friends, Paul and Sadie Smith, who regularly visit new formations. They have been providing me with compass bearing information which is of interest to many people. I’m happy to say that Sadie herself has been following the formations longer than I have. Here’s their e-mail in full. Thanks for the info guys.

“This beautiful formation can be found in the leigh of the hill surrounding Chirton Bottom.  It is best approached from the parking area on the top of Red Horn Hill. Walking down the footpath you can get an arial view.

Be patient as the formation only reveals itself at the last possible moment as you descend.  Our observations have given us a map reading of SU065557.

Difficult to provide bearing references as the formation sits neatly in a bowl of the land, but from the centre of the formation the Pump House to the East was at a bearing of 100 degrees and to the West you can observe the 90 degree corner of the footpath that we decended to reach the formation was 280 degrees.  This means that the formation lies on a direct line between this corner and the pump house.

Without doubt this formation has great precision and beauty leaving no doubt that this is a genuine design of the original makers.  The lay of the crop is cleverly woven with particular use of the angled heads of the mature barley; this gives the look of flowing water around the islands of the standing crop. Unusually we have observed that the nests within the circles are in most cases off centre and in some cases have 2.  The centre had a raised nest which seems a feature of this years formations”.

Stoney Littleton

A Refreshing Perspective part 2

Walbury Hill Fort, Nr Hungerford. Reported 12th June 2010.

I eventually located this formation just as the sun was setting.  I managed to get some video footage from the top of the hill fort, and from inside, using the low light setting on the camera. I’ll put the footage together for a blog during the next couple of days. But, in the meantime, here’s a slideshow with some great pictures from Steve Alexander and Olivier Morel. Many thanks to you both.

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