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.


The title pictures show: Giant maple at Ashley with hazel catkins in the foreground - 4th February 2018, catkins and Scots pine in garden at the 'top' of Quarry Hill - 11th February 2018 and three local girls on a Sunday hike to Bath in Box High Street - 18th February 2018.

Supposedly Catkin Trail III but you won't find any catkin pictures in this gallery. I'm following the same trail into Bath as in previous weeks; three other locals (2 x Rudloe and 1 x Corsham) are also walking to Bath today but they are not copping out by taking the bus back. Their itinerary is ... walk to Subway in Westgate Street for lunch and ... walk back. What a virtuous schedule compared with my decadent trip of ... walk to any of a number of pubs, have a few pints and maybe lunch, then take the bus back.

Through Box village now, the girls head out along the A4 towards Ashley
Passing the cemetery, their first target is a short break at Budgen's
The perennial problem with fast food outlets - here a McDonalds ready meal has been tossed out at Ashley
The girls continue along the A4 at Shockerwick while my route takes me up to Bannerdown
Water pouring down Shockerwick Lane at Lower Shockerwick
Rainwater pouring off the fields at Lower Shockerwick
Snowdrops and Lonicera nitida (box honeysuckle) hedge at Lower Shockerwick
Aaaah ... baa lambs with Bathford and the Farleigh Down (Bathford Hill) escarpment beyond
Shallow sine wave at Bannerdown
Decorative clock on a Bannerdown garage with music (guitar and singing) emanating from inside
Coppiced trees at Bannerdown
Riverside (Avon) cottage with boats and things at Batheaston
Distinctly-ridged bark (possibly acacia) in this riverside woodland at Batheaston
Riverside slurry pond at Batheaston
World Heritage City I don't think - the bag of rubbish has been lying here for weeks

Catkin trail II - Feb 2018. The first photos below show some non-catkin scenes on this three-hour Sunday morning jaunt from Rudloe to Bath Spa. The eventual 'target' is a vegetarian/pescatarian lunch date at the Griffin in Monmouth Street.

Shockerwick Lane on Sunday 11th February 2018
Reedmace in the water meadow at Shockerwick with Shockerwick House beyond
The water meadow at Shockerwick on 11th February 2018
The Avon at Batheaston - we're getting close to Bath and the background to this tranquil scene is (of course) an emergency vehicle siren
Rooftops of the London Road and Camden and just a couple of minutes to the next siren

Catkin trail - 4th February 2018

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