The Manor, Shipton-under-Wychwood
|The Manor, Shipton-under-Wychwood|
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Touches of Spring
New born calves on Easter Day
Easter Day , freezing temperatures and new born calves on the Ditchley Estate, Oxfordshire.
Mum looks to have had a hard time.
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Wittenham Clumps for Real Atmosphere and Magnificent Views
|The Clumps painted by Paul Nash in 1935|
|Wittenham Clumps today close up|
|Wittenham Clumps today from afar|
The Clumps at Little Wittenham next to the River Thames, just south of Abingdon, are now owned by the Earth Trust Centre. A great place to stop off on your walk along the Thames Path, enjoy the stunning panoramic view, the magnificent woodland, the wildlife and learn about the work of the Trust.
Now that the spring has come the walking is good and it's a great time to plan a walking holiday.
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The Ridgeway - A walk through 5000 years of history
The modern walking trail is 87 miles (140 km) long, following the chalk ridge from Overton Hill, near Avebury, Wiltshire (in the West) to Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire (in the east).
|Anne at Ivinghoe Beacon, the eastern end of the Ridgeway|
|A view north from the Ridgeway over the rich farmland of Oxfordshire|
|Walking down to Wendover|
|Beech woodland along the Ridgeway National Trail|
|Country Inn at Goring-on-Thames|
|Spring lambs in shallow chalk valley|
|A well signed National Walking Trail|
|Bronze Age Round Barrows at Overton Hill, |
the western end of the Ridgeway National Trail
|Dragon Hill and the Uffington White Horse |
first created on the hillside around 3000 year ago.
|A misty morning at the Avebury Stone Circle|
|The end of the day at Avebury at the western end of the trail|
Contact us to find out more.
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Magnificent Views Along The Cotswold Way
|The Devil's Chimney, on the Cotswold Edge, above Cheltenham|
The Cotswold Way is one of just 15 National Trails in England.
It follows the Cotswold Escarpment for 102 miles (164 km) between the beautiful medieval town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south, which is famous for it's Roman Baths, Abbey and Georgian architecture.
|Bath Abbey from the Roman Baths|
|Timber framed cottage|
Passing through picturesque towns and villages such as Broadway, Stanton, Winchcombe and Painswick, and offering magnificent views to the west across the Severn Valley to the Malvern Hills, the Severn Estuary and South Wales, the Cotswold Way offers an extremely satisfying tour with moderate to strenuous walking.
Contact us and we can organize walking holidays to fit your itinerary along all or part the Cotswold Way National Trail.
Winter along the Ridgeway National Trail
A Yellow Springtime: Oilseed Rape in the Countryside
Glorious spring sunshine along the Thames Path
The walking is easy (the terrain is flat and the trail well maintained), the countryside picturesque and the pubs and inns are inviting - a good way to spend a relaxing break.
Here are a few photos of the trail in the fresh spring sunshine.
New lambs and blackthorn in flower along the Ridgeway
Cross Cotswold Pathway
Less strenous than the Cotswold Way with beautiful and more varied landscapes.
Over the Wold: Naunton to Northleach
A Late Afternoon in January - A Happy New Year
HAPPY NEW YEAR
A walk along the Coventry Canal
Christmas Day in the Cotswolds
The Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe
An old willow in the winter sunshine beside the river in the Evenlode valley near Charlbury.
Crossing the railway track
Crossing the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway track when walking from Cheltenham.
Walking in Wiltshire: Salisbury
Walking in Wiltshire: Avebury Stone Circle
Walking in Wiltshire: Savernake Forest
Savernake Forest near Marlborough, Wiltshire, offers 4500 acres of magnificent native trees, both young and old. Many are very old, and at around 1000 years old, the Big Bellied Oak claims to be one of the oldest in England - a young sapling around the time of the Battle of Hastings, it now it stands with an impressive 11m girth. In fact, it got so big, that in 2002, a corset was fitted to stop it splitting in half.
Legend tells that the devil will appear at midnight to anyone dancing naked around the Big Belly Oak, 12 times anticlockwise.
Tall beeches planted beside forest roads
Criss-crossed by tracks and avenues, this privately owned forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, is freely accessible to walkers although there are no public rights of way. The area is large enough for long walks of up to 10 miles.
The forest was first recorded in Saxon Charters in 934AD, and following the Norman Conquest in 1066 it passed into the care of the Norman Knight, Richard Esturmy. It was passed down through his family for 31 generations and for over 1000 years.
Henry VIII hunted there and, soon after the execution of Anne Boleyn, he was so impressed by the steward’s daughter, that he married her. Sadly, Jane Seymour, his only wife to give him a son, died in childbirth.
In the mid-18th century the area of forest reached 40,000 acres, ten times bigger than it is now. The head of the family at the time had risen in status to become Governor to King George IV, and employed the famous landscape designer, Capability Brown, to plant the beech avenues that run through the heart of the Forest. These include the Grand Avenue which, at 3.9 miles, is the longest tree lined avenue in Britain.
Contact us if you are interested in walking through this fantastic forest, full of history, folklore and wildlife.
Walking in Wiltshire: Stonehenge
Ugly ducklings and Mallard babes on the Oxford Canal
The Oxfordshire Way in Autumn
In and around the Cotswold Way
The Oxford Canal Walk
Fancy a totally relaxing and contemplative break with a bit of gentle exercise on the side? Then the Oxford Canal Walk is well worth considering.
This trail runs between the cathedral cities of Coventry and Oxford, through the peaceful Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire countryside and the market town of Banbury. It follows the canal for 77 miles and the flat towpath is easy walking, in fact the only climbing done is by the canal boats passing through the locks!
Cotswold Olimpick Games 2011
The countryside is a mellow yellow
Walk Shakespeare's Way - 22nd April to 1st May
Shakespeare's Way - Day 9 - The end of the road
Day 9. Kew Bridge to The Globe Theatre (16 miles / 26 km)
Shakespeare's Way - A 146 mile journey of imagination - Day 8
Day 8. Iver to Kew Bridge along the Grand Union Canal (14 miles / 22.5 km)
Soon after leaving Iver we cross the M25 to walk along the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal. This was the latest section to be built and links the brickfields east of Slough to central London.
Why not join us on a guided walk along Shakespeare's Way from 22nd April to 1st May, in the springtime when the beech woods are at their most beautiful; the majestic trees will be unfurling their fresh yellow-green leaves and the ground will be covered with a deep blue carpet of bluebells and other spring flowers.
Shakespeare's Way - A 146 mile journey of imagination - Day 6
Day 6 takes us over the Chiltern Hills and back into the Thames Valley at Marlow. From Britwell Salome we start a gentle climb up the chalk escarpment to Cookley Green and from there on take an undulating route crossing dry valleys of the Chilterns with their beech woods and limestone grasslands. We leave the whitewashed and thatched cottages of the Thames vale behind and to find houses of brick and flint with red tiled roofs.