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.


Velvet Bottom. Which one? No, it's Velvet Bottom Nature Reserve on 7th August 2017

The church of St Hugh at Charterhouse - the start of our walk. The church, established in 1908, was formerly a lead miners' welfare hall
I don't know ... these youngsters can't stay off their mobile devices for one second
What a grey day ... ambling down Velvet Bottom towards the old lead workings
The old lead workings at Velvet Bottom
Mendip dry stone walls are much more block-like than Cotswold ones
Slag heap from the old lead workings at Velvet Bottom
Velvet Bottom - this limestone face, now vertical, was once horizontal
The climb out of Cheddar Gorge got the heart and lungs working
Up on the escarpment now and the view across the Somerset Levels to Crook Peak, the Severn Estuary and Hinckley Point

* a good description of Mendip flora and fauna may be found at: https://www.bgs.ac.uk/mendips/more_info/west_mendip_sites_biodiversity.htm

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