Sunday, 28 December 2014

My Favourite Route to Avebury

It was sunny and crisply frosty this morning, perfect for a walk to Avebury. I have a favourite route involving very little traffic, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle.
From Swindon, walking by Croft Woods and down the path beside the entrance to the golf course, across the motorway and up Ladder Lane, an old drover's route to Marlborough:
 Past the ancient beech tree, now felled, and turn left onto the Barbury Castle road by Halcrow.
 And very soon, take a right to Overtown
 along a lovely quiet lane
 and turn left where you see this thatched cottage
carry on walking on the road until you reach a cross roads, go straight ahead
 and carry on walking until you reach the Ridgeway and turn right
 couldn't resist the Cow Parsley 'skeletons' against the sky
 Looking back you can see Barbury Castle in the distance
 and 'hedgehogs' pepper the skyline beside the Ridgeway
 It's a lovely quiet walk along the Ridgeway with yellowhammers, greenfinches, sparrows all flitting about, and the occasional red kite soaring into the sky before diving down. The peace was shattered by three 4x4 vehicles driven by shrieking boys, but otherwise blissfully quiet.
 Above the sign on the right indicating Avebury is just over a mile away, in fact a nip down the hill
 Glancing at a Scabiose braving the frost on the way down
 And the Red Lion ahead beside the bus stop.

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