On and off we visit Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire to explore the marvellous spooky abandonedesque bleakscapes, not actually abandoned as they are used for military testing and training grounds. It’s fascinating to explore the tank graveyards and strange structures which are probably mundane to those who have to work there. There’s always a hint of the folk horror about the experience in the wide open spaces devoid of people or air traffic with strange half collapsed military detritus sticking out of the soil. The slight feeling of panic when you see the dust trail from a jeep heading in your general direction, only to be given a friendly smile when they roar past a few minutes later. At times it’s like walking through a level of Half Life 2 or other similar video game, as you wander through a copse strewn with used smoke grenades, half a helicopter and a fridge with the door blown off.
The whole wicker man vibe is not hindered by a stop for lunch at an out of the way village pub complete with friendly but odd commentary from the locals. Favourites include “We’re serving food for another hour but not the quiche because the goat’s been ill” and “We don’t have none of your fancy London beers down here”.
We’ve not visited for a while now, these shots are from 2017, I need to get back there for a dose of creepy open spaces withtwisted chunks of metal. Here’s the photos. There’s some more on my Flickr gallery.