Back in Wiltshire just ahead of our flight back to America, we decided to go for a walk and stretch our legs. Old Sarum can be seen from my in-laws’ house so it was an obvious destination. The kids had already been on an excursion to visit the ancient hillfort with their grandfather earlier in our trip so we decided to take a trek to the ruins of the old Cathedral, which are outside the moated walls of Old Sarum.
We decided to take a circular route and it took us past fields, over styles and past an enclosure containing horses. My 8 year old son is a horse fanatic so that was a highlight for him.
The Cathedral dates from the Norman era and was in use until the decision was taken to build the Cathedral in Salisbury in the early 13th Century. The old cathedral was dismantled and stone from it was used in the construction of its replacement. It has, therefore, been a ruin for very many centuries, though the footprint is still very clear to see.
My boys did their usual thing of using the ruins as the setting for some imaginative play and as a climbing frame. They spent a very long time playing in a lower level space. I was able to sit in the sun watching them play and observing the bemusement of other tourists who wandered over and observed my kids performing.
That trek up Old Sarum was the final excursion of our trip back to Britain and it was good to end on a familiar and favourite spot. We managed to cram a great deal into our month in the UK – as I am sure you will agree since this is the 22nd blog post about our trip.