Etchilhampton (2), Nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Reported 28th July.
Map Ref: SU030611
has been accessed
Updated Tuesday 7th August 2012
In this CC there was a
small 'wigwam' which had a hollow centre. At the base of this
hollow I observed and then sampled two of several stems of wheat
that had evidently been pulverised and split. The rest of the
'wigwam' was in perfect order. I could find no reason for this
damage to have happened in such an inaccessible place. There was
absolutely no damage or disturbance to the soil surface in this
area. I arrived soon after the initial report of this CC
together with with Stuart and Milka and we believed we were
probably its first visitors so it seems unlikely this
subtle damage was caused by people. I found this quite
Another observation I made, that is common
to most if not all 'mysterious' CCs was that of an 'energy leak'
along the tramlines. This occurs routinely in CCs and is
something I personally use in an assessment tool. To explain
this I can only describe the laying force as being temporarily
switched off due to the void that is the tram line then
only to reengage once back in a mass that is the wheat. It is
interesting to note that the resultant standing crop in this
area is usually less ripe if not green due to retardation of
growth....tractor passage hindering development most
likely .This feature is easy to spot.
Lastly, this CC had the commonly occurring
'pathways' running as a sub lay from one circle section to
another. This pathway runs through the actual centre rather than
the swirled centre of the circles. These pathways typically pass
through gateways from one circle to the next almost as if
showing the visitor which way to go. I tend not to regard this
feature as a construction line as sometimes stated. Overall, a remarkable and impressive crop circle.
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Report on Etchilhampton (2)
my home in Gloucestershire at 8.30 am and drove the 38 miles to
Devizes. I parked near the school on the edge of town and walked
up the public byway to the Wessex Ridgeway. Dog walkers en route
told me I was on track. Later some folk drove right up to the
crossways at the high point. I could see a group of people in
the field. I walked through the wheat field down the 'tramlines'
and met the farmer and some other visitors at the edge of the
pattern. May I have access? Yes. And I said to the farmer 'Where
is the donation box ?' ... 'In my pocket at the moment', he
said. I gave a donation and then explored the vast formation
with its immaculate edges and complicated swirling 'lay'
patterns .. but no real sense of the grand design from the
standpoint of ground level. Light aircraft wheeled overhead.
They of course have the best view. The farmer's helper said
there was a good view from the 'trig point' on the distant hill
to the south. I walked nearly a mile to that point and took two
more, long-distance, photos. The Millennium 'White Horse'
appears near the horizon on the photo with the wild
daisies. Backtracking along the Wessex Ridgeway I met more dog
walkers and discussed the crop circle and gave them the web
address of crop circle connector. I also passed a new group of
visitors talking to the friendly landowner.
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croppie, I have been content to just look at the photos of
circles on the 'Connector' for the past three years, friends —
the last one I visited was the spectacular formation I call “The
Harp,” at Windmill Hill in 2009 (I went there with George Wingfield).
But when one popped up
on Saturday right next door to me on the other side of
Etchilhampton Hill, I had to visit it. I’d seen some
aerial pix so I knew it was a very nice design (arguably the
best in England so far). And when an American friend dropped by
for a visit, Tim Caldwell,
who’s been in Wiltshire this past week with his lovely girl
friend, Dawn, dropped by to see me, I made him drive me over for
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Peter Sorensen and Dawn visiting the
The farmer was charging
£2 to go in his field, and I hope he makes a fair amount of
dough, because he was very friendly and seemed to like hosting
the circle (this is his 4th in 3 years). There were
a couple of dozen people in the circle while we were there.
Everybody was having a great time, including a kilted Scotsman
who was singing all the time, and a woman is a rainbow tie-dyed
shirt doing handstands in the central circle!
The design reminds me of
a couple of strings of pearls of tapering size. The crop still
had a bit of green left and had flattened quite nicely. There
were many pretty nests and splays in the centers of most of the
The circle’s energy was good for my legs, because
I was walking around in it for the better part of two hours
without difficulty despite my stroke.
Mark Fussell & Stuart Dike