Dad's Stone

Well, I've jst got back from a very nice (but very wet) day with Mum in Wiltshire. An early start for me to get down from London to Wiltshire by 8:30am, in time to have coffe with Mum before we head out to meet the others for a walk. Click on the photo image to the right to see today's photos.

Here's the story: My Dad died just over a year ago now. He used to organise walks - mainly because he enjoyed them, but perhaps also because he liked organising - and over the years picked up quite a collection of regulars who would walk with him. In his memory those regulars clubbed together and organised a piece of sarcen stone, with his name engraved on it. The engraving was done by a local woman, Caroline Webb from All Cannings.

An agreeement was negotiated with the land owner, and the stone was set on the edge of the Ridgeway, at Lurkely Hill (OS Grid ref: SU 121662 - center of the map below). For anyone who knows the area, that's near East Kennet, between Avebury and Knap Hill. This was, according to the stories told, a place that Dad had said to be 'one of my favourite views'.

Today was to be the first time that anyone in the group had actually seen the stone in situ. A shame about the rain, which means we all look a bit bedraggled in the photos, and you can't appreciate the view, but that's how it was.

My special thanks go to Colin and Richard, who I believe were the ringleaders in organising this, and I look forward to going back there, hopefully when the weather is better.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.