Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.


The mill wheel at The Mill, Bathampton on 24th July 2018

Purple loosestrife on the bank, tench in the river and Bathampton Down across the meadows
Bankside maple with the ubiquitous pendulous sedge beneath
Another view of the maple on the bank of the Avon at Bathampton
Bathampton toll bridge and weir; 24th July sees the start of school summer holidays so there are many children in and around the river
Yarrow, teasel, horsetail and many other wayside plants on the pathway adjacent to the Batheaston bypass roundabout
Much horsetail here by the Batheaston bypass. Horsetail stems can be dismantled in sections then put back together again hence its nickname Lego plant. They may be boiled in water to make a good fungicide against mildew.
Aaaaargh ... I've dropped me ball in the river ... will someone please retrieve it for me
Okay guv' ... not to worry ... I'll get it for you
The Meadow Lane bridge on the Kennet & Avon Canal. We took the stile towards Meadow Lane and followed the byway into Bathampton but before that the railway, which runs parallel (but below) here, beckoned ...
An 'up', empty ballast train behind a type 66 diesel heads for Bathampton loop to make way for a high speed train. Snow Hill (the 60s development, high-rise and all, won an award), Camden and Lansdown sit on Bath's northern slopes.
The empty ballast train enters Bathampton loop to make way for an 'up' high speed train. The Mill Lane road bridge, with Bathampton Junction beyond, can just be seen in the distance.
For all you trainspotters out there, here's a zoomed view of the ballast train, Mill Lane bridge and Bathampton Junction with Bathford Hill beyond
Clematis vitalba (old man's beard or woodbine) in the hedgerow with the northern slopes of Bath beyond
We soldiered on to The Mill at Bathampton for a much-needed pint while teenagers are taking advantage of the hot weather and the water
Back along the Avon to Batheaston; that's Bathford Hill in the right distance
Purple loosestrife, tench in the river and Bathampton Down beyond (didn't I spot this view on the outward journey?)
The Avon at Batheaston framed by maple and nettle leaves
Willow and water lilies in this view towards the southern fringe of Batheaston and Bathford
An overhanging ash with Bathford Hill in the right distance
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