Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire.
(near Broad Hinton)
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 23rd of July. It is in a field of mature wheat and measures approximately 200ft in diameter. See the Google Maps link for precise location. It is the most complex formation of the 2020 season so far.
Crop Circle Reporting and Covid-19: After considerable thought and consultation, we have decided we will not be censoring crop circle locations during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are no current restrictions in place in the UK that call for a blanket ban on visiting the countryside. We consider the reporting of crop circles to be in the spirit of journalism, and censorship to be an anathema to that spirit. Therefore, we will be treating the crop circle community as adults and asking everyone to approach the information carefully and responsibly. This will include not visiting the circles if the farmer has not given explicit permission to do so and should permission be given that they practice social distancing by staying 2 metres away from fellow visitors. It would be our very strong advice that visiting the crop circles on the ground should be kept to an absolute minimum for now. However, because we know that the location of any given circle can be important to researchers and those that record the circles from the air, we will continue to share what we know.
Flying during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Thanks to the hard work of all at Heliair, Thruxton, as of July 20th we have been able to return to the air to record the 2020 circles. We will still be working along-side the excellent AEROBO (Art in Flight) who will be helping us collect images and drone footage of the latest crop circles to share on the website.
Location: Hackpen Hill is a regular site for crop circles and many have been seen there over the years. They do not always occur in the same field every year, sometimes they appear at the top of the hill by the ancient Ridgeway path that routes from Avebury and onto Barbury Castle, sometimes below. The the last crop circle at this location was in 2018.
Hackpen White Horse was cut to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838. Although little is known about the origins of the horse it is believed to have been cut by Henry Eatwell, parish clerk of Broad Hinton and also the local publican. The horse measures 90ft by 90ft and is best viewed from the A361 at Broad Hinton. You can read more about the horse here.
This circle is open to the public: This circle is open to public visitors and a small charge (at the field side) will be made which will go to a Swindon cancer charity. Many thanks to the farmer for his kind and patient generosity and all those who made this possible.
Design & Symbolism: The circle is another formation to feature the pentagram star this year. See the Geometry Gallery below for further information.
Visiting the Circles? If you are thinking of visiting any crop circles this summer, please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section. It’s full of useful information and etiquette for visiting the countryside and the crop circles. Please remember that you should not enter any fields without the express permission of the farmer and you will need to be aware of and abide by any restrictions in place in the UK in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
It's on the Drawing Board! Check back later for further drawings and analysis.
Please enjoy the diagram below by Bertold Zugelder.
This circle is open to visitors. Please drive to the ridgeway car park at the top of the hill and the farmer has opened a field for parking next to the circle.
Google Maps Link