Ebbor Gorge – 22.4.18

April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

This is a walk we have done before here and here.  It’s 5 miles with lots of hills (and views on a good day) and woodland.

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This walk started from Ebbor Gorge car park and went down to the reserve by a steep flight of steps before levelling out for the walk to Wookey Hole village. At the end of the village a path led across fields to Arthur’s Point – good views in all directions. After a stroll through woods another series of hills gave spectacular views across the Somerset levels before returning to the reserve and back to the car park. A lovely spring day with primroses, anemones, bluebells and lambs aplenty.

We prewalked this on 2nd April so here are some comparison photos of the two visits:

bare mossy woods | spring green woods

bears | tigers

lambs in raincoats | lambs under the trees

cows in the barn | cows set free

suddenly the woods and fields are full of wildflowers

Solsbury Hill – 22.10.17

October 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm

A 4.5 mile walk starting and ending at Batheaston Carpark.

This walk started from Batheaston car park and after a brief stroll through the village, the countryside was soon reached. A steep uphill climb led to the top of Solsbury Hill which gave extensive views of Bath and the surrounding countryside. Back down the hill and a gentle walk down to Bathampton Meadows – noting the Tin Church (a listed building) at Bailbrook on the way – and along the River Avon back to Batheaston.

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Ebbor Gorge – 30.7.17 *FEATURED WALK*

August 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

Welcome to our third featured walk which is a 4.9 mile circular hike through Ebbor Gorge on the West Mendip Way.  Full instructions are below.

This walk starts from Ebbor Gorge car park and heads down into the reserve before diverting into Wookey Hole village. From there it goes across fields and through woods before returning to the nature reserve and back to the car park. A challenging walk with steep flights of steps and climbs up hills but well worth the effort for the far reaching views across the Somerset countryside. The limekilns and rock formations are an interesting addition.

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Ebbor Gorge – second prewalk 16.7.17

July 17, 2017 at 8:06 am

This is now the offical route for the walk we will be leading on 30.7.17 It’s a 5 mile circular route with quite a bit of climbing (worth it for the spectacular views) and lots of woodland steps.  For more photos of this route see our previous post and if you want to join the walk  see here for details

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Ebbor Gorge – 21.5.17

May 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Ebbor Gorge – 6 miles.  This was a test run of a walk we will be leading on 30th July – the route may differ slightly

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The Mendips and Glastonbury Tor in the distance

Westbury White Horse – 16.4.17

April 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

Westbury White Horse – A 5.9 mile walk starting and ending at the White Horse car park.

The walk started from the Westbury White Horse car park and went past the old chalk quarry and skirted Imber Range – no firing today! The mostly level walk from high ground gave wonderful long distance views. Paragliders and kite flyers were taking advantage of the wind. Animal highlights included a Peregrine Falcon, skylarks, very woolly brown sheep and shaggy ponies – and, of course, the White Horse. An avenue of Beech trees provided the ideal setting for coffee and Easter Eggs!

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Box – 6.3.16

March 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Box and Ditteridge

This lovely walk from Box went through the delightful hamlet of Ditteridge with its attractive Norman Church of St Christopher. It was then northward up hill and down dale towards Colerne before turning south and back to Box. The snowdrops and daffodils were in abundance and even the odd bluebell was in flower. The lambs were enjoying the spring weather and a smallholding had a good stock of feathered friends – including Indian runner ducks and a very handsome turkey.

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5.34 mile walk starting and ending at Box car-park.

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The rolling hills of Wiltshire in March – still wintry but there are signs of spring life if you look hard enough

 

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These lovely little wooden bridges are a common site in the woods

Animal highlights of the day:

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new generation 🙂

 

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Indian Running Ducks

 

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A very impressive turkey

 

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lovely big fat pig

 

 

 

North-West Bath – 8.11.15

November 9, 2015 at 8:04 am

From the centre of Bath out to the Cotswolds countryside and back again.

This was very much a Town and Country walk with plenty of hills thrown in for good measure. The walk started from Victoria Park and went up through the north side of the city via St James Square and Lansdown Crescent. A brief stop at St Stephen’s Millenium Green and allotments before proceeding through Fairfield Park and into the parish of Charlcombe. A rest in the parish church grounds before returning via Primrose Hill and the Cotswold Way to the Royal Crescent. Sadly it was somewhat misty but the views across the city still inspired.

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Kingscote – 12.4.15

April 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Kingscote

Somewhat further afield then usual but it was well worth the drive. The walk took us from Kingscote through lovely wooded valleys and the Ozleworth estate. The signs of spring were everywhere – baby lambs, trees coming into leaf and wild flowers in abundance. It was a truly lovely spring time walk.

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Question for today – can you identify this flower?

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**UPDATE** A handy botanist has been able to identify this plant as a ‘butterbur’