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October 11, 2014

Cattle Stops (Well Ponies Actually) And Getting Going…

Filed under: ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Salisbury,South Coast,The New Forest — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our time at the Sandy Balls camp-site is at an end, our kids could have stayed the entire time of our trip here but we have places to go, things and people to see.

We make our way slowly out of the New Forest, mainly because livestock have right of way on the roads here and apparently they know it, with one pony in particular not even bothering to shift from the centre of the road until the camper is crawling behind at less than a walking pace behind it undulating buttocks and swishing tail.

The end of the kilometres of open roaming that the animals enjoy is marked by a cattle stop (cattle grid ) which for those who may not be familiar with them is an arrangement of spaced bars set above a ditch in the road.

The fence either side of the road keeps the animals in no gate is needed on the cattle stop because all livestock with hoofed feet have a deep aversion to standing on the bars that have gaps either side of them. Vehicles of course can just drive over and people can pick their way over by standing on the bars. (ok, usually  they can because in my childhood as a country kid I fell though the gaps of a cattle stop twice. The first time I was riding a horse called Cinders who was famous for kicking, biting and bucking, and he threw me off right next to one and my skinny legs went though the gaps.

The second time I was being stupid and tried running over one, missed my footing and fell into the gaps between the bars: on both occasions the only thing stopping my fall were my knee caps which I can assure you is an exceptionally painful way to  go from a decent speed to a dead stop and seriously not recommended).

Once we have left the New Forest we find ourselves heading north towards the beautiful city of Salisbury, which has a Cathedral I’ve love to see more of one day. Sadly I had to make do with a quick view of the steeple as we go past, before heading out to the open countryside again.  Our camp site is close by, but we have somewhere we want to see first.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Cattle stop set into the road…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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