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.


Still in the Time of Covid. Writing this on 4th September about a walk to Bath on 25th August 2021 (so a tad late!), the Time of Covid is affirmed as on one day last week, there were 270 deaths and yesterday (3rd September), 42,000 new cases were reported. The walk started on Box Hill (see title picture which shows Folly Cottage in the foreground, Dr Mohr's house in the middleground and the Fosse Way on the horizon), proceeded through Box and Ashley then on to Bathford via Ashley Road. After crossing the river at Bathford, we crossed Bathampton Meadows (flood meadow) and then took the Kennet and Avon towpath into Bath.

Folly Cottage takes centre-stage again with a couple of Maidment's Holsteins in the foreground and Thickwood on the horizon
Maidment's Folly Farm and Holsteins with the 'Village on the Hill' (Colerne) beyond
A close-up of Colerne, the 'Village on the Hill'
A closer close-up of Colerne
Not another view of Colerne!
The drop down into Box on the A4
The wall at the Hermitage is finally completed (after two/three years is it?)
Giant maple at Ashley
At Box Bridge, Shockerwick, the routes to the old sidings for the Monkton Farleigh Ammunition Depot (right), Ashley Road, the route to Bathford (centre) and Ashley House (left). We take the centre road.
The view to Kingsdown from Ashley Road; Ashley Wood Farm keeps these fields in order
Another view towards Kingsdown from Ashley Road
Cottage gardens on the Ashley Road at Bathford
The 900-year-old Portals paper (since 1809) mill at Bathford. This is the only 'factory', that I am aware of, that still has a hooter which goes off at 1 o'clock for the lunch break and at 2 o'clock for the end of lunch.
Bathford Bridge (over the By Brook) close to the confluence with the Avon
The By Brook enters the Avon here (behind the foreground maple, at left); Bathford lies beyond
Solsbury Hill seen across ragwort in Bathampton Farm's fields
A field of ragwort at Bathampton Farm
Gunnera on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Bathampton
Orange balsam on the Kennet & Avon bank at Bathampton
Purple loosestrife on the Kennet & Avon bank; Bathampton Down beyond
Angelica on the Kennet & Avon bank
More Angelica on the Kennet & Avon bank
Wierd sculpture by the Kennet & Avon twixt Bathampton and Bathwick
Canal and River Trust volunteers 'pulling' Himalayan balsam on the Kennet & Avon twixt Bathampton and Bathwick
Grumpy craftsman making a pipe by the Kennet & Avon towpath
Sign for Cleveland Pools at Hampton Row (where there was a railway halt for a short time). Cleveland Pools is the only open-air public swimming pool in England to date from the Georgian period (as the sign says).
Undercliff Urban Farm by the Kennet & Avon at Bathwick
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