Wideham Farm is incredibly convenient for visiting the West Stow Anglo
|West Stow Anglo Saxon village|
|Dave models an Anglo Saxon helmet.|
A Sutton Hoo helmet replica is in the background
By contrast to the fairly busy village, our visit to the English Heritage owned Neolithic site called Grime's Graves, a twenty-five minute car drive away, was practically a private tour. I was reminded of Iceland by the disturbed and uneven landscape except here, instead of recent lava flow, the craters and hillocks are man made. Originally identified as an intensive flint mining area in the 1800s, Grime's Graves covers some 400 individual pit shafts over a 96 acre area. Each looks like a collapsed Sussex barrow but the one that is open to visitors entails climbing down - and back up - a thirty foot ladder. I really didn't think that through before visiting! At the base of the ladder, it is possible to peer down ridiculously low chalk and flint tunnels but they are gated off to prevent visitors getting the full Neolithic miner experience and, presumably, getting stuck!
Returning from Grime's Graves, we made a tiny detour to Elvedon Estates Farm Shop which I learnt of this morning via a great developing resource, the caravanning-based website Meals In Fields. This directory includes loads of local shopping opportunities nationwide such as farm shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. I searched for a farm shop near West Stow and up popped Elvedon Courtyard - a huge tempting display of deliciousness! We bought sausages, cheese, jam, two small fruit crumbles ... and onions.
I'm going to finish up this post with a blast of art and this gorgeous
|The Forest Path by|
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