Sunday, 31 August 2008
before the rain set in
before it started to rain, me and the quiet Scotsman went a roamin'. He travels all over wiltshire/Hampshire etc with his job and the constant bug bear, especially in the summer, is trying to get home with out getting caught up in the traffic around Southampton or Poole. So he ends up going through a lot of small villages, and when he finds any interesting ones we go back at the weekend to explore.
And so we went in search of the above, 'Horton Tower'. it can be seen for miles around, but he'd never go close, so we went to see.
It isn't really sign posted , but there is a right of way past it. here's a quote from the web
Horton, Near Wimborne, Dorset BH21 - England, UK
This 140 foot high folly was built by Humphrey Stuart in the eighteenth century. The story goes that he used it in his later years to watch the hunt when he had become too old to participate. The landmark has been fully restored by a telecommunications company, which now uses it to support its phone masts. Horton tower featured in the film of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel, ‘Far From the Madding Crowd.’
even on a wonderfully sunny day there is a strange feeling around the tower, a bit menacing, but quite spectacular, as is the view.