Way, nr Rodmarton, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Reported 15th July.
Map Ref: ST937991
has been accessed
Updated Thursday 17th July 2014
The formation was was still 'open' this morning.
Sadly a whole coach load of 35 well-built Norwegians got there just
before me and trampled the place like a herd of elephants,
destroying the features of the central circle, according to two
other visitors who witnessed the invasion.
Still I thought it was a really nice formation.
It is tucked away off a leafy by-way (the Macmillan Way) which could
well be an ancient path, and there are many tumuli, barrows and
trumps nearby. It's on limestone bedrock like nearly all of the
Wiltshire formations and its only a few km from Kemble airfield on
one side and the busy Cotswold Gliding Club airfield on the other.
The location given is not quite right. If you look at the triangle
formed by the byway and the two B-roads, the formation is not at the
bottom end by the quarry, as marked, but less than a quarter of the
way (200m) from the top rightend where the path meets the road.
However there is better parking at the bottom end, so no harm to
The crop is barley which is totally ripe, ears
fully hanging and ready to harvest. Still there was little grain on
the ground and no pigeons etc so I reckon it's only been laid a day
or two. I thought it looked neat and crisp given the state of the
crop. The design is interesting. The triangular daisy petal segments
in the outer ring are similar to something we have seen before
somewhere, but with an interesting extra feature in some of them:
just where the stalks exit into the first ring with a typical flick,
there is a standing tuft, meaning that only
a few stalks on each side of it are flattened.
Probably they all had this before the coach party arrived. They are
very even and regular in size despite the sloping site. Although
there are 19 segments the symmetry is actually 20 as one is missing
where the outlier circle is positioned. Either way, a tricky
symmetry to plot. I also liked that the second ring and the inner
circle are right off centre. There is no pattern left in the central
circle now, sadly.
Nothing I saw made me think for a moment that
this was not a genuine formation.
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