Posted by: travelrat | January 20, 2010

Back to the Stepping Stones

August 2009

January 2010

Around this time of year, the first symptoms of ‘cabin fever’ start to manifest themselves. Summer … and even spring … seem a lifetime away. So, when the sun puts in a rare appearance, it’s time to get out somewhere … anywhere … to blow the cobwebs away.

On a bright, breezy Sunday, Lorraine suggested we revisit the stepping stones at Swallowhead, near Avebury. You may remember our research to find these stones last summer, which I posted about at We got there last August, and found the River Kennet, which they cross, to be completely dry, as it tends to be in this area in Summer. So, why not revisit when there’s some water in it, and get some really good photographs?

Yes, there was water in it. In fact, it would be only a slight exaggeration to say it was in spate; after all, the snow had only melted two days before. And, we found out too late that the field we had to traverse was an old water meadow; that’s one they used to deliberately flood in winter, to get nutrients washed downstream by the river. Even though this practice has long since been discontinued, it’s still pretty squelchy underfoot.

So, we came to the stones and got our pictures. I know, it would have been better if one of us had been photographed actually crossing the stones. But, Lorraine said no way … even though I promised not to post any pictures or video in my blog if she fell in the river.


  1. What a wonderful spot! The contrast between your summer and winter photos is very dramatic.
    Isn’t it satisfied getting out in the winter – feels like one has completed something major.

  2. There is something magical about the stepping stones. Wow. What a contrast between the two times of year!

    • >>something magical about the stepping stones.<<

      A lot of people like to have them in their gardens, instead of paths. They have a special meaning among Japanese gardeners; this from the leaflet from the Himeji Japanese Gardens in Adelaide:

      The placement …. is designed so the visitor walks slowly to admire the Garden. Important viewing points are marked by larger overlapping stones called ‘label stones’ (yaku-ishi’)

  3. I know what you mean about the cabin fever – we didn’t go anywhere quite that picturesque but we just HAD to go for a walk last weekend!

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