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.

 

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This page features walks on the 14th and 15th April and concentrates on trees and flowers in the environs of Rudloe. The title photo is of a substantial goat willow just below the A4 on Drewett's Mill Lane.

Emerging willow leaves in Boxfields Road - 14th April 2020
Emerging poplar leaves in Boxfields Road - 14th April 2020
Leaves emerging on some beeches in Doohan's Wood - 14th April 2020
Leaves emerging, including horse chestnut, in Doohan's Wood - 14th April 2020
New maple leaves in Boxfields Road - 14th April 2020
All quiet at the Quarryman's on 14th April 2020
Soldiers and sailors (pulmonaria) on the triangle at the top of Barnett's Hill - 14th April 2020
Honesty (Lunaria annua), native to the Balkans, in the A4 verge below Box Hill Motors - 14th April 2020
A close-up of Lunaria annua in the verge below Box Hill Motors
Emerging garlic mustard (leaves may be used in salads) in the A4 verge on Box Hill - 14th April 2020
The view towards Lower Rudloe from right-of-way BOX20 - 14th April 2020
Hawthorn is a few weeks away from flowering - right-of-way BOX20 on 14th April 2020
Ash adjacent to right-of-way BOX20 - 14th April 2020. Ash are usually the last trees to come into leaf and among the first to shed them.
14th April 2020 and the lambs were gambolling - little did they know that my fellow-traveller is a carnivore
Lower Rudloe from right-of-way BOX20 - 14th April 2020
A Lower Rudloe lane on 14th April 2020. Mr T's B&B is behind us; Folly Cottage ahead.

Mentioned alsewhere but worth repeating, I have longed for a time of peace and quiet in the countryside. Tragic that it has come about through such circumstances but the two photographs below illustrate the new, if temporary, normality. However the empty roads have brought about further irresponsibility and risk-taking on the part of drivers - three examples follow. We were walking up the A4 in the area of the upper Beech Road entrance when a young man in a small saloon car came charging down Box Hill doing about 60mph and then, without slowing, plunged straight into the shadows of Beech Road. Anything (someone on horseback) or anybody (we had just emerged from there seconds before) could have been there, unseen by the driver. The second and third examples were seen on a single journey, by car, to Corsham (to collect a prescription) - on arriving at the roundhouse mini-roundabout, a car was about to enter the roundabout from Park Lane but had to wait for a car on the main road travelling west. I had enough time to proceed while the car waited but the car behind me didn't (have enough time) and followed me through, resulting in the waiting car having to brake sharply (and blast the horn). On the return journey, at the Hare & Hounds  mini-roundabout, a car was approaching the roundabout from the west and indicating right to go down Pickwick Road when a small, white, sporty saloon car came charging through from the east causing the right-turning vehicle to brake sharply (and blast the horn). And this on a short, 1.5-mile journey when peace and quiet reigns.

The brow of Box Hill looking east - 14th April 2020
The brow of Box Hill looking west - 14th April 2020
And now moving on to 15th April 2020 in Boxfields Road
In Boxfields Road looking across to Quarry Wood - 15th April 2020
The afternoon sun catches emerging maple leaves in Boxfields Road - 15th April 2020
What are these called? White bluebells or whitebells?
The A4 on 15th April 2020 just before the idiot came charging down entering Beech Road at 60 mph
The A4 on 15th April 2020 just before the idiot came charging down entering Beech Road at 60 mph
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