Lansdown – 14.2.16

February 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

A circular walk north of Bath starting and ending at Lansdown park-and-ride.

The walk started from Lansdown Park and Ride, through the race course and on through the battlefields. It then skirted Pipley Woods before heading for Prospect Stile with clear views beyond Kelston Roundhill. Although there was a biting wind at times it was a lovely clear, sunny day which gave views across Bristol to South Wales (just) and the Second Severn Crossing.

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Kelston Round Hill

Kelston Round Hill

The Battle of Lansdown - battle marker and information display

The Battle of Lansdown – battle marker and information display

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Animal highlight of the day – a shaggy roe deer:

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male roe deer

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Pipley Wood

Mud, mud, glorious mud ..

A picnic stop with views of Bristol, the Severn Crossing and the Welsh mountains (just!)

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Bristol flypast

If you are in need of refreshment the Blathwayt Arms is the nearest pub

The Blathwayt Arms

The Blathwayt Arms

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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Ubley – 27.9.15

September 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Ubley and Blagdon Lake

This walk started from the village of Ubley and immediately there was a steep climb through a field of wet grass but it was worth it for the views of Blagdon and Chew Valley Lakes glistening in the late September sunshine. The walk combined open fields and woodland paths taking in part of the Limestone Link footpath. Some very strange stiles to negotiate and the discovery of what is called a Bristol Gate – a farm gate with a pedestrian gate built into it.

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Avoncliff – 12.7.15

July 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Avoncliff

Click here to see the details of the walk > Garmin Connect.

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Another rather cloudy summers day but at least the rain held off until the afternoon. The walk started from Avoncliff and went along the canal before going through the village of Murhill. Then it was back to the canal and along the towpath and returning through Conkwell wood which was quite a hard climb but nice and shady. The wood was full of Hart’s Tongue fern which looked gloriously bright and shiny in the darkness of the wood. The return to Avoncliff was through Avonpark and the the village of Winsley. The distant views of the White Horse were a treat and it was good to see many wild flowers – pyramidal orchids, scabious, hypericum to name but a few.

Hart's Tongue Fern in the woods and the Westbury White Horse in the distance.

Hart’s Tongue Fern in the woods and the Westbury White Horse in the distance.

 

Animal highlights of today’s walk – horses:

The area has many stables which house some very fancy looking horses.

The area has many stables which house some very fancy looking horses.

 

 

 

 

Dyrham – 1.3.15

March 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Dyrham and Doynton

Rain on the way but the skies cleared and the circular walk from Dyrham via Doynton took us through open fields giving spectacular views across Bristol and it was just possible to see Wales in the distance. Varied landscapes of open fields and shaded paths with plants and trees starting to wake up. Very muddy in places but a most enjoyable early spring ramble.

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The theme of today’s walk was MUD!

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Today’s animal highlight was Llamas (Alpacas?)

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Box – 8.2.15

February 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

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The Garmin watch is not playing at the moment but luckily I had this back-up http://walkmeter.com/8545f681394d9fe0/Walk-20150208-1030

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Today’s walk started in Box at the Box Rock Circus – a funny little mini stonehenge.

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It was a really gorgeous day for walking, even though it’s still cold enough to have to scrape ice off the car in the morning there are signs of spring all over the place, snowdrops, wild primroses even a very optimistic daffodil:

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The walk is nice and varied – some bits through fields, some through woods.  There are some lovely views at the high points:

 

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Widcombe – 18.01.15

January 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Widcombe area of Bath

This is a short easy walk to do if you want to explore nearer to town.  There are some lovely views at certain spots and various buildings of historical interest.  The whole route is on either roads or pavements so no danger of mud etc.  If you fancy a stroll and don’t want to travel too far this is perfect.  If you like a good garden centre then at the bottom of Forefield Rise turn right and you will find Prior Park Garden Centre – a fantastic place with an amazing deli shop.

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Bath Skyline – 10.01.15

January 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

This is the route of the Saturday morning Bath Skyline parkrun but it’s also really popular with walkers.  Like most of the Skyline routes it has some great views of the city below.  It meanders through ‘Fairy Wood’ and ‘Long Wood’ and can get pretty muddy during wet weather.  There is one set of  steep stone steps but other than that it’s fairly flat and easy.  The route is a pretty accurate 5k having been measured for parkrun.

Newton-St-Loe – 4.1.15

January 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

This is a really varied route – through woods, bridle paths, country lanes. It’s quite hilly so there would usually be good views but today the weather was dank and foggy so we couldn’t see very far. For the first half mile we were joined by a sweet little black kitten who seemed to think we were headed somewhere interesting. There wasn’t much else in the way of ‘wild’ life – probably all sheltering from the cold.
After we finished walking we popped in to the lovely farm shop where everything looked delicious on account of being hungry after the walk – came away with some blackcurrant shortbread which lasted about 5 minutes after getting home.

Newton St Loe – the first ramble of 2015.

Stourhead – 19.10.14

October 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Stourhead is, of course, well known for its landscaped gardens but this walk took us away from the crowds and into some beautiful countryside. It was a glorious day for walking despite the wind on the top of the hills. Lunch was eaten in the shelter of castle hill overlooking the small town of Mere which was looking lovely in the sunshine. The walk over we collapsed with a lovely cuppa in the NT cafe at Stourhead.

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