Deserted villages and ruined castles

Surprisingly (considering the crap weather recently), the Bank Holiday weekend has been gorgeous and sunny! Which is handy as I had lots of things planned to do outdoors.

First up was a trip to Imber Village in Wiltshire; a place I've been wanting to visit for ages but haven't for one reason or another. Imber is slap bang in the middle of Salisbury Plain and was evacuated in 1943 so American troops had somewhere to train in the build up to D-Day. The villagers were never allowed back and Imber has been a military training zone ever since, with some of the original buildings still standing and some newer buildings made soley for training purposes.

The Ministry of Defence allow access 2-3 times a year. Despite its isolation, the village was very busy when I visited. It's an eerie place but the presence of so many people dented this somewhat. Maybe I should go back in the winter rather than a nice sunny day (not sure how I managed to get no people in shot at all!).

I grabbed my EM10ii for the trip with three lenses, although I mostly used my kit zoom of 14-42mm. Apart from the Church of St. Giles, all the buildings were out of bounds (due to the odd bit of unexploded ordnance here and there) so I was often having to zoom in a bit or shove my camera through bushes.



After the adventures in Imber on the Saturday, it was off to Farleigh Hungerford castle on the Monday. And once again, I had my 14-42 zoom on the front of my EM10ii, which is great for getting those nice wide angle shots of towers with plenty of sky.

I've driven past the remains of the castle a couple of times but never knew what a rich history it has. And I'm a sucker for a good castle.