A Long Awaited Treat

From way back in the 1970’s I’ve wanted to walk down Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Gold Hill became famous as a result of a much loved tv advert, created by Ridley Scott, for Hovis bread. It has a wonderful soundtrack, Dvorak’s New World symphony.

So here is my treat photo, fulfilling a long held dream.

Gold Hill October 30th towards Blackmore Vale
Gold Hill towards Blackmore Vale


I should add that Shaftesbury is only around 60 miles from home, but I think many of us neglect the gems to be seen locally don’t we?

Of course if I’d gone years ago that hill wouldn’t have been so steep, what goes down must go up and this is the view from near the bottom.

Golds hill ascent

It was a real treat humming this tune!

This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge of ‘Treat’

19 thoughts on “A Long Awaited Treat

  1. And did you go up as well as down? I find the downs harder on the knees and the ups harder on the lungs! I haven’t been there (driven past though) but the hill in Haworth village (Yorkshire) is similar and also cobbled which makes these streets even more of a challenge.

  2. I was singing along long before I got to your video. Iconic this one, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ Isn’t Clovelly similar too? I’ve not been, but my auntie who lived in Devon sent me a postcard many years ago. πŸ™‚

  3. Very evocative, Gilly ~ I always thought the location was somewhere in Yorkshire! You are right, we do tend to neglect hidden gems on our doorsteps. We’ve lived on the island for 12 years now and there are still places we haven’t yet visited! 😊

  4. It’s fabulous isn’t it?! We did that a while ago & were pleased that it didn’t seem to have changed from the advert apart from the clothes of passers by.

  5. what an enjoyable post – looks like a lovely place. have never heard of hovis bread before, but it sounds like it might be worth a try πŸ™‚
    i know what you mean about passing by gems close to home. i had seen more of Europe than of BC, my home province, when my aunt and uncle came from Germany for a visit – and I ended up being part of a family excursion to what would prove to be first (of many since!) visits to Vancouver Island.

  6. Did you know that the wall, on your right as you descend the hill, has a significant history? I can’t remember any of the details unfortunately.

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