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.
Must be getting to the end of these Covid walks now ... here we have three walks for the price of one. The first on Sunday, 16th May 2021 took in a pint at the Quarryman's ... outside, but from tomorrow we can move inside which, given the foul weather (another record must be on its way - something like the coldest, wettest May on record?), will be essential. The second and third walks, on 18th and 19th May, included a sojourn on the bridge over the railway at the Northey waiting for the Belmond British Pullman and its engine Merchant Navy class Bulleid Pacific Clan Line. I was far from the only one waiting there and some passing motorists clearly wondered what was going on; some stopped along the Ditteridge road and returned to enquire. A couple in wellies (driving in wellies?) approached me and we got chatting which turned out to be a long chat as the train was 30 minutes late. But lo and behold, this happened to be Clive Freeman and partner, local farmers; I have heard much about Clive but never met him. My intention was to take photos of the train but we were so occupied in conversation that I failed to check that the camera was set to auto-focus - it wasn't and all the photos were out of focus. But hey ho, they wouldn't have been particularly enthralling anyway as we were on the eastern parapet with the train running away from us. More important was meeting Clive and his partner for the first time. Then, on to the banks of the By Brook to photograph the recently-installed 300-metre fence for the supposed purpose of wildlife conservation. All right-minded individuals will know that this is absolute tosh - there is an underlying reason behind this - see 20th May 2021 article.
On to 18th and 19th May 2021 now, and we go a bit further west to Box village and the By Brook
Regarding the gallery below and the 'defilement' of the landscape at this point in the By Brook Valley, see the 20th May 2021 article here: 20th May article
Revisiting this walk on 27th June, I decided to 'post' a couple of the 'out of focus' photos of the Belmond British Pullman which I thought weren't up to scratch. They are in the gallery below.