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If you go down in the Woods today.......

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I finished at Cooper's Hill ( Click on Trees and Cheese in the labels for more info) , having started out at Birdlip , walking the Way ; a distance of three miles and what a pleasure it was. Starting at the top of Birdlip Hill (one in six) ; which in my youth I "hurtled " down on my three speed bike , the walk meanders in a loop like fashion amongst woodland.
The sun was shining brightly and there was a striking dappled effect through the leaves (see picture on the right).
It was pleasing to see young saplings together with mature trees and evergreen conifers upon the route which was almost three miles in length - a true woodland walk.
The other picture shows the view above Witcombe Reservoir and I think this demonstrates one of the features of the Way , namely that it is always a question of perspective ; for I was aware of this reservoir but until I ventured on this track , I had been unable to see the true beauty of the water , in the context of the surrounding …

Looking Down at the Future

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These two shots were taken at the top of Tewkesbury Abbey. It was a clear Sunday with stunning views across the county. Further pic and info regarding this Abbey can be found at my posting 24/11/'08 by clicking on Tewkesbury Abbey on the Labels Bar.
I have just finished reading " The Vanishing Face of Gaia. A Final Warning " By James Lovelock. Pub. Allen Lane 2009. It is a no-nonsense account of probable future events . In his own words ; " Our Goal now is to survive and live in a way that gives evolution beyond us the best chance " (page 6) James , it was , who formulated the theory of a self-regulating Earth (Gaia) which works to keep a habitable planet species in a flourishing state , but at the same time set back those species that foul the environment. Click on Gaia on Labels for previous entry "Jurassic Coast goes 3D " He believes the best indicator of temperature warming is the rise of the sea level which in 2007 rose 1.3 times as fast as I…

Skewbald , Dogs , Woods, the way to Birdlip

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I have just completed the Leckhampton to Birdlip leg. The walk is 5.6 miles in distance ; which has taken me four outings to compete.
I mention this , because recently reading a National Trails guide
I noticed that the Cotswold Way trail had been reduced to a weeks' walking and furthermore on the last day ( Cold Ashton to Bath ) a mere 10.2 miles , the writer said that this could be accomplished in the morning , leaving the afternoon free to view the
sights of Bath. I clearly concluded my level of fitness has some way to go to meet these requirements.
Back to this stage , which I didn't enjoy as much as some walks on the Way. Leaving the Leckhampton escarpment and coming down to meet Hartley Lane the Way seemed to lose some of its character in that the route was fenced in with no provision of benches or resting places until one reached Crickley Hill Park so that one felt compelled to stroll on , rather than savour the landscape and take the odd repast.
There was also a rath…

On the Way to the Chimney

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On my latest walk along the Way I ventured from Dowdeswell to Leckhampton Hill . It was only supposed to be a short walk (4.7 miles) but it turned out to be one of the most strenuous as it climbed up to the escarpment overlooking Cheltenham.The view from Pic 1 was taken from a welcome bench , situated at the top of a steep climb. The great thing that I am discovering from walking the Way is that exertion always brings compensations. None more than this walk where the views from the escarpment were stupendous. The wildlife to was varied and numerous. Picture 2 shows one of the lovely butterflies seen on the walk.
Near the beginning of the walk was Lineover Wood , one of the woods managed by the excellent Woodland Trust. Here were left on stiles poetic couplings along the route. According to my guide book they were written by Tom Clarke , who has also left messages in the woods of Penn and Coaley. I am trying to find out more regarding Mr. Clarke , who at this present time seems as elusive…