Here is the horse on the hill. It is thought to have been cut into the hill during the Bronze Age, some 3000 years ago. It is thought to represent a tribal symbol. It is quite hard to see it when you're near it as it is very large (374 ft or 11o metres long). We found this photo of it online. There are quite a lot of white horses cut into the hillsides around Wiltshire, some ancient like this one, some more modern. The more recent ones were created with the aid of modern technology, but the mind boggles at how the ancient ones were created. You can read more about the white horses here.
This is Dragon's Hill and it lies at the bottom of the hill where the white horse is carved. Dragon Hill is, apparently, an artificial mound with a flat-top, to which clings the legend that it was on its summit that St. George slew the dragon. A bare patch of chalk upon which no grass will grow, is purported to be where the dragon's blood spilled.
Here's me on the right and Ralf on the left. The girls are in the distance gossiping about something or other. Aren't we a handsome pair?
Cassidy has an endless amount of energy, an she was often waiting down the path for the rest of us to catch up. She's a goo girl though and doesn't wander too far away...
Mind you, I think Cassidy was fairly pooped too - can you see her tongue hanging out in this photo?
We all had to go back on our leads at this point as we had to walk through fields FULL of sheep. Some of them were pretty mean too. One of them was goose-stepping at me in a rather menacing fashion and I hadn't done anything to him!
And when we got to the top of the hill, who should we come across but another Airedale! She was called Gracie and is American, from Illinois and her mum was so excited to see the four of us. She took lots of photos and Cassidy gave Gracie a welcome kiss. It's a real shame we were in the field full of sheep as we could have had a good old romp as she was doing lots of playbowing and really wanted to have some fun with us!
It's so nice to see green returning to the landscape after the winter.
And in the distance we could see these windmills used to generate "green" energy. Lots of people protested at them being built as they thought they would be a blot on the landscape, but I think green energy is a jolly good idea and they really aren't that ugly.
How's that for a view? We felt like we were on top of the world!