While it was fabulous to see the Long Man and an amazing countryside, what struck was the architecture that we passed along the way. The thatched room homes, the stone churches and the cottages that have been turned into desirable places to live.
Many of these buildings were tucked away in the countryside in small sleepy villages that hark back to a very different era. In a way, time seemed to march on at a different pace in these little villages.
The architecture is influenced by its setting insofar what materials were available, and is very different from what is found in larger cities. It also reflects the small communities that emerged over the centuries, and the buildings have a character of their own.
There is a somewhat romantic feel of yesteryear in these villages and buildings. However, I am sure that maintaining these buildings today does involved quite a lot of work, and money.
Living in a city, I felt fortunate for having been able to see these rural buildings on the hike. It made a change from what I am used to!