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.
This walk is from Andrew Swift and the Akeman Press's Country Walks From Bath (2017) chosen because it is about the right length for a day walk with three pub stops (there's method in our madness). 'We' would highly recommend it apart from Andrew not saying that oxygen would be required for the climb up Fox Hill! There's not much out there in the big, wide world that can match such an English country walk on a glorious June day.
We started the walk with coffee/tea and a bit of toast at Cafe au Lait opposite Bath Spa Station then proceeded through the tunnel to the left of the station to Widcome and Lyncombe Hill.
We cocked up the final part of the walk as just past William Smith's house (not) we couldn't see the footpath of "just past the house, turn left up a footpath". There was a chap in a car coming out of Tucking Mill Reservoir (private, disabled fishing) who said that we should go by the private lake to a footpath. We didn't like to disabuse him of this notion so we followed his advice but then realised that this wasn't the right way and tried to get out through the automatic gate whence we had come (the chap must have opened it with a 'zapper') but couldn't. So we went past the lakes and up the chap's footpath onto the trackbed of the S&D railway and returned to Bath through the two tunnels.