Yarnbury (Camp) Castle hillfort, Wilts.
(nr Steeple Langford)
Detail: This circle was reported late on the 3rd of July and is in a field of green barley on the opposite side of the road to Yarnbury hillfort in Wiltshire. It measures approximately 180ft in diameter.
Visiting: At the time of writing we have no information about access to this circle. You will need the express permission of the farmer/landowner before visiting. Do not assume permission has been given – ask first!
Location: The circle is located close to the A303 as it passes Yarnbury Castle/hillfort. It is very close to the position of the circle last year that appeared on the 24th June. You can read more about that formation here.
Yarnbury Castle is a huge Iron-Age circular hillfort (it covers over 28 acres) and is just a few miles west from Stonehenge. Unlike many other similar earthworks, Yarnbury Castle is on private land and cannot be visited by the public, so please do not wander onto the site. You can read more about Yarnbury Castle here. At the moment the hillfort is surrounded by a sea of scarlet poppies which look absolutely spectacular!
Flight: Yarnbury Castle is very close to the perimeter of the Salisbury Plain Danger Area. You will need permission to fly into their zone. The A303 is also a very busy artery road for which there are also some flight restrictions.
History & Connections: As mentioned above, there was a circle here last summer – a hexagon with a bee at its centre, and in 2010 there was an elaborate keyhole design in the brilliant yellow of an oilseed rape field. See Geometry Gallery below for images.
Design & Symbolism: This is such a difficult design to interpret. It will be interesting to look for any connections on the drawing board. Apart from the large circle, and small crescent moon, there appears to be a three-fold (triangular) aspect to some of the lines that protrude from the main circle.
Ground Details: One of the immediately fascinating components to this formation is the single large satellite circle located close to the road (see close-up images in the Image Gallery below). The lay of the crop is intriguing, with a central line of laid crop leading to a tiny standing dot (circle) – and then two semi-circles of swept crop either side laid in a clockwise direction. This was an unexpected and rather bewitching element to this otherwise perplexing crop circle.
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.
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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 for updates.
In the meantime there are some past circles at this location for you to look at… Enjoy!