Leaving the car park the 18 members and 2 guests walked through the village to the 17th century Hannington Hall, home of the Freke family and used in WW11 for training the ladies of the Special Duties Section, the British resistance. From there they walked past St John's Church and the mill across fields to Hampton cemetery where several members of the Arkell family, (Swindon Brewers) , are buried. They then continued to the centre of Highworth, the highest town in Wiltshire, visiting St Michael’s Church, where the hole in the wall made by a cannonball fired by Parliamentarians in the civil war was pointed out.
The route continued on to the High St, a conservation area, where they saw a plaque on the wall of the old Post Office, dedicated to Mabel Stranks, postmistress during the war and a key contact for the resistance. Then on to the golf course for a well earned break before climbing Red Down and the descent across fields and along a wooded, leafy lane back to the start having walked 6.5 miles on a foggy day.
Setting from from Hannington
High Street Highworth
We wave goodbye to Highworth
Returning to Hannington
Some of the views featured on the walk