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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Castle Combe – 2.8.15

August 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Castle Combe

At last a proper summer day with no raincoats, windcheaters etc! The walk started from the car park on the edge of Castle Combe and after successfully getting through the golf course without being hit the first point of interest was Lugbury Long Barrow. All that really remains are the entrance (or exit) stones. Then proceeded south with views of Nettleton and the rolling Gloucester/ Wiltshire hills in the distance and fields of wild flowers closer to hand. The most excitement was when a herd of frisky cows couldn’t decide what they wanted to do – fortunately they decided against a full charge and headed for the woods. The return route was through the picturesque village of Castle Combe – which still has functioning public toilets!

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Castle Combe – ‘Prettiest Village in England’ apparently

 

The theme of today’s walk was SUNSHINE

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golden sunshine and golden corn

The animal highlight of today’s walk was some scaredy cat cows – they made a show of thinking about stampeding us and then decided it wasn’t worth it and ran away to hide in the trees

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Wild flowers were in abundance everywhere

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Avoncliff – 12.7.15

July 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Avoncliff

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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.

 

 

 

 

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’

 

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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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.

Circuit of Bath walk 2013

September 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

This is a charity walk organised by Julian House.  The complete route is a whole day affair but you can choose to do just one or more smaller sections of it.  There are some amazing views, especially from the top of Little Solsbury Hill and as the walk usually happens in September it as an excellent opportunity to do some foraging – blackberries and sloes are abundant along the way.

 

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