Category Archives: 2012 Aug 26 Hackpen Hill

Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014

Our favourite circle of the season, and one that we know was much-loved by many people.

Even the farmer loved this one, despite his initial misgivings. The story featured in The Daily Mail on 5 August 2014 and is well-worth repeating, if only because it’s heartening to see a farmer appreciative of a circle that appears on his land, especially in view of the anger of many Wiltshire farmers in recent years. Read it here – below we have included screen captures of the whole article, partly for convenience and partly in case the link goes down:

 

We were especially impressed with the fact that The Daily Mail of all people acknowledged that the pentagram is a harmonious symbol and not a satanic one. Unlike Andrew Pyrka and Report A Crop Circle Formation, who went all fire and brimstone, hell and damnation, over this circle:

Yeah, right, Andrew, of course. Now go and take your meds.

Ignoring the ring of code – which has yet to be deciphered – perhaps the most striking and innovative thing about this design is the fact that the pattern is entirely within the lay rather than the conventional ‘alternating standing and flattened bits’ style. Yes, there have been woven circles before – indeed there were other woven circles in 2014 – but Cherrington takes it to another level entirely. Though few people seemed to pick up on it when Cherrington appeared, there is one particular example we can think of where this has been done before.

This circle appeared below the Hackpen Hill white horse in August 2013. From a distance it merely looks like a small and unremarkable ringed circle.

Hackpen Hill, 11 August 2013. Note the white horse to the right in the photo above, and – just to the left of the circle – the ghost of the Hackpen Hill cubes formation of August 2012, which was in the same field. Hackpen Hill photos above and below by Janet Ossebaard.

A closer look, however, reveals a striking hexagram lay.

 

This was one of those circles which was for the most part neglected when it appeared, but which was loved by all who took the time to appreciate it, especially those who visited. Its qualities take effort on the part of the participant. Perhaps that is the message of these two circles; get to know them, appreciate the detail, rather than just give the aerials a quick glance and a ‘yeah that’s nice’ or ‘fail’.

We’ve not seen anybody else link these two circles, though to our minds the relationship is obvious. Cherrington 2014 is Hackpen Hill 2013 taken to the next level.

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2012

Our pick of the best of this year in the UK.

Corley, Warwickshire, 11 July 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Yatesbury, Wiltshire, 17 July 2012. Photo credit not known.

Devizes, Wiltshire, 28 July 2012. Photo by Janet Ossebaard

Ogbourne Down, Wiltshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Owslebury, Hampshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

All Cannings, Wiltshire, 5 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 9 August 2012. Ignore all the bull you may have heard from Report A Crop Circle Formation; this circle was not commissioned. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Wappenbury, Warwickshire, 15 August 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Savernake, Wiltshire, 23 August 2012. Photo credit not known.

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 26 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Windmill Hill, Wiltshire,14 October 2012. Photo by Phillipe Ullens.

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 26 August 2012 [mc]

2012 Aug 26 HackpenLooking at the various posts Andrew Pyrka has made about this formation, and the range of comments – the insults, the accusations (this is the third time this year he has accused Rob Irving of making a non-commisioned formation), the spreading rumours of video footage, the final after-the-event gushing praise – it s very clear that he knows nothing at all about this formation and how it came to be in the field, a matter he finds irksome.

Mr Pyrka likes to give the impression that he has an intimate insider knowledge of all that happens in the fields of Wiltshire and beyond. This formation proves – if yet more proof were needed after his many howlers this season – that he speaks from his derriere.

Miles Challett