Uffington Castle, Oxfordshire.
(Close to Woolstone)
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 8th of August. It was in a field of wheat and measured approximately 200ft in diameter. See the Google Maps link for precise location. This crop circle has been harvested.
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.
Visiting: This crop circle has been harvested.
History & Connections: Uffington Castle is a Bronze-Age hill fort which sits atop an escarpment on the ancient Ridgeway pathway, where it crosses over from Wiltshire into Oxfordshire. It’s World-famous White Horse chalk hill-figure sits on the embankment of the hill and is the oldest chalk figure in the UK dating back approximately 3000 years. This whole area, encompassing the hill fort, white horse, Woolstone hill and Wayland’s Smithy barrow has set the scene for many crop circles over the past twenty years. It’s a beautiful part of our ancient landscape and if you’ve never been before we can highly recommend it!
Drone enthusiasts: please note that the flying of drones at Uffington Castle and White Horse Hill is prohibited by the National Trust without their express permission – please see this link for more information. Stay safe.
Design & Symbolism: This crop circle pattern is constructed using a division of 24 and then 3 concentric rings provides further complexity. Twenty-four is a number we instantly connect with time; the hours it takes for the Earth to travel around the Sun. Similarly 24 x 3 = 72, which is one degree of precession, where the stars appear to travel backwards. I’m looking forward to drawing this circle and exploring its number and geometry further. Check back for images and a full write-up soon.
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.