No red flags were flying, so the plain was fully open for access, yet there was still plenty military activity present. It was interesting to drive right through the middle of a training exercise around the German Village where a number of stripped down military Land Rovers (TUMs in WMIK format to be really nerdy!!!) were in action across open county.
Having been eyed up by the young squadies on guard duty while we stopped for coffee outside the German Village (as seen on Top Gear!!!) we continued onto the big mud hole just to the south. This allowed everyone to test out the abilities of their vehicles in the mud and saw few of the more enthusiastic members get stuck in some of the deeper parts.
Lunch was taken on the byway adjacent to Stone Henge, a superb view, especially on a bright sunny day. The car park and hedge looked to be doing a brisk trade, but few other people shared our unimpeded view over lunch.
The next lane after lunch is a real beauty - jungle track style - through the woods as part of the Old Marlborough Coach road. Remarkable dry for the time of year, but still great fun. Needed a little bit of pruning to get the Discovery 3 clear through with out any scratches. This is a lane that has for a long time been incorrectly marked as a bridleway but great to see it restored to its original purpose as a road as its name suggests!
The rest of the afternoon saw us traverse the Bulford range and have some fun splashing through the remaining puddles and culminating in 2 of us taking a dip through the Tank Hole - but only for those with deep wading capability.
Thanks to all who made it another great day out on Salisbury plain.