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.


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21st February 2021 brought another overcast day in this Time of Covid; brighter weather and higher temperatures (for us at least) apparently arrive tomorrow. This was another relatively short walk via Leafy Lane Wood, Boxfields and White Ennox Lane to Hundred Mile Wood at Thorneypits. And amongst the throng of  'unknowns' which one encounters these days, we at least found some familiar faces: Stella, Steph and John all of Springfield and Rosemary of  Barn Piece, Box. The trees in the title photo are in Hundred Mile Wood.

The two fallen beeches in Leafy Lane Wood which fell within weeks of each other in a peculiar north-south direction, with no high winds prevalent and at the time of the Planning Inspectorate's decision over the rights of way in the Wood. Very odd.
This is the eastern edge of the mysterious concrete slab in Leafy Lane Wood. It is about 20 metres long by 2 metres wide with a half-metre channel running down the middle. Apparently nothing to do with the mine below according to David Pollard.
A natural archway into the small meadow of Leafy Lane Playing Fields
Yellow brain fungus (Tremella mesenterica) on a fallen ash branch in Leafy Lane Wood
The remains of Tim Kerr's bench lying amongst the cleared undergrowth in the small meadow of Leafy Lane Playing Fields
Tortuous ash branches at the southern margin of Leafy Lane Wood
The prunings from the undergrowth clearance have been stuffed against the length of the fence that separates the playing fields from the Leafy Lane border area - this might be standard practice but I'm not convinced as woodland plants lie beneath
This low stone wall in Boxfields Road is the northern edge of Delta Rectangle Shafts 1 & 2 (or Webb's Stores Shafts). A blockhouse lies within accessed via an Indiana Jones stone staircase with rope handrail, from Box Quarry below.
Chapel Plaister in winter
A Sunday walk in a quiet country lane (this is now a typical scene)
Additional vehicular traffic too is taking its toll on White Ennox Lane verges
The Rudloe comms tower and Tarawood (the house) from White Ennox Lane
The milestone in a quiet Bradford Road indicates 100 miles from Hyde Park Corner and 7 miles from Bath but 'someone' has painted it white and the locations and distances are no longer visible
Hundred Mile Wood from the Bradford Road
The bases and exposed roots of all the old trees are covered in moss
A typical view in the wood with moss completely covering this fallen tree
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly see any more moss
Gorse Farm in the Bradford Road whose last tenant was Aubrey Lipscombe some thirty years ago
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