Hefted Sheep

Glorious day in great company. We walked from Berwick St John down the Chalke Valley to Odstock. 17 miles along tracks and field paths.

We were greeted in Berwick with sausages pastries and coffee. And the rest of the day did not disappoint. The Church of England dispensing the cake of human kindness. Fantastic.

Lakeland sheep are said to he hefted to their landscape. They are connected to it, inseparable, knowing their way, and knowing their boundaries. Bishops and vicars should be hefted to their landscape. Walking or cycling across the land so that you know it in a way that no car journey could ever give

And all those glorious churches down the valley. The grave of Anthony Eden at Alvediston and of William Golding at Bowerchalke.

Great lunch at The Hub in Broad Chalke which is a joint URC Anglican and community shop and cafe. Excellent. Superb home made soup and bread.

Thanks to Steph and Debbie who manage to walk the whole way.

Slight failure at the end. Pouring rain, soaking wet, and very dark. So I accepted a lift to the station from Peter the farmer. He told me about the dairy unit they are building which will milk 1000 cows.

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