A day or two later we went back to the Swan Hotel, found parking and set off across the fields next to the Thames. Evidentually was came to Grafton Lock where we talked to a man and his wife taking their narrow boat through the lock. He said that in January he and his wife would be sailing on the QE II to America, via the Panama Canal and up to California. From there take the train up the coast to Oregon where his sister lived. After that they'd take the train all the way across the United States (northern route) to Niagara Falls before returning to England we wished him well on their journey.
|Grafton Lock Keeper's Cottage|
On our next to last day we did one of our favorite walks up to the Uffington White Horse and to Wayland Smithy. The Uffington White Horse is a stylized prehistoric chalk figurelocated in Wiltshire in the Vale of the White Horse. It has been dated from somewhere in the 1400-600 B.C. range. It is 374 feet long and can be seen for miles, and when you're standing above it you can see forever.
From the Horse we walked to Wayland's Smithy a Neolithic long barrow dating from about 3400 B.C. It is 185 feet long and 43 feet wide, a very special place. Three great walks.
|Horse, but hard to see because we were up above it|