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.


I thought that these 'Walks in the Time of Covid' were over but with 170 deaths announced yesterday (for the previous day, 16th August 2021) it would appear not. Two walks for the price of one here, the first to Biddestone (via Slaughterford) on 14th August 2021, the second to Browne's Folly at Monkton Farleigh the following day.  In the title picture, we see the church of St John the Baptist at Colerne and the holiday cottages of Widdenham Farm in the valley.

John, having just completed the Three Peaks Challenge (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) should find the going easier here at Widdenham
Spot, a Holstein-Fresian, at Widdenham. Milk cows have been selectively bred to produce higher milk yields at the expense of welfare.
Exposed roots (and a can of Red Bull) on the Thickwood-Slaughterford road
The field adjacent to the bridge at Slaughterford
Slaughterford Church
Geese and dog at Toplands Farm, Slaughterford
Old ash on the Slaughterford-Biddestone road
Oaks on the Slaughterford-Biddestone road
Horseradish on the Slaughterford-Biddestone road
Monkton Farleigh - Viburnum opulus in the foreground with a 'cover crop' behind, mainly buckwheat but with other plants such as Phacelia (purple tansy - the blue flower seen at right) and clover also in evidence
Linseed at Monkton Farleigh
Ancient horse chestnut at Monkton Farleigh
Rosebay willowherb at Browne's Folly and the view towards Bath
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