We were on a pilgrimage to a fortified English castle built centuries before the Romans arrived. After our first morning’s breakfast in Dorset we shot away from our cottage at Maiden Newton (many names are double-barrelled hereabouts) into the maze of country roads that took us a few miles to the grass-covered Eggardon hill fort. Nobody knows how old it is, or even its real name, because like Stonehenge there were no scribes around to record its history. But archaeologists guess it is around 2,500 years old.
This is the first of several travel memoirs written in the English west-country (Hampshire and Dorset) in July 2013,