March 21, 2009



Amorphous inland Surrey, north of the South Downs, south of the River Thames, Heartland of Stone, Iron, Roman and Conservative Britain. Silchester, a Roman city, among fields, set in yellow hills away from canals, rivers, roads and railways. The centre of ancient Britain. Silchester like Porchester felt awfully big, glorious and ruined under late afternoon sunshine. Kind of washed up shorelines alter fiercely in Porchester, and away from action in Silchester. Climb from Aldermaston past nuclear halls.

Basingstoke canal, in the shadow of it’s own trees, pill boxes on bends, was the second line of defence after the Military canal at Hythe: Neglected and disused short of Basingstoke. Glimpses of idyllic Surrey across golden wheat fields. Yet Surrey County Council let the South Downs shrink dreadfully. Walk from Marlborough along the chalk South Downs to Newbury. Farnborough airshow can be viewed from Basingstoke canal at Fleet Road.


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