Swineford – 21.4.19

April 25, 2019 at 8:37 am
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A lovely sunny Easter Sunday morning for a walk which started at Swineford before a gentle climb to Upton Cheyney and down to Bitton. After crossing the main road the path went through a grove, which was a good place for lunch, and down to the River Avon for the return to Swineford. It was interesting to note the old boat building (now repair) premises on the edge of Keynsham and the number of boats on the river.

Bright spring blossom was everywhere
Much of the route goes along the Monarch’s Way
Crossing the river Boyd
A perfect picnic spot
A handsome cormorant watching for fish
There were plenty of intriguing abandoned buildings along the route

Nunney – 7.4.19

April 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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Although this wasn’t new it is the sort of walk where there is something different to spot each time. The changing seasons really do make a difference and this time the quarry was much more visible without the leaf cover on the trees. The wild garlic was everywhere and the Hart’s Tongue Ferns were looking splendid amongst the mossy growth along the stream. Another difference was a large herd of cows in a field which has not had them in before – fortunately they were more interested in chewing the cud than worrying the walkers.

The satellite view of the map shows the immensity of the quarry

This is a walk we’ve done several times before – you can see previous write-ups here and here

Much of the walk is along Nunney Brook which tinkles peacefully as you pass.
We made our way through a field full of curious cows.
Steep forest steps leading past some impressive old yew trees.
You know it’s spring when the woods are carpeted in wild garlic.