Belswardyne blackberries

A walk from Sheinton to Harley and back – out by Homer and Wigwig, back past Belswardyne. The blackberries weren’t the object of the exercise, but when we saw them beside the hedge (well away from the roads) – big, juicy and ripe – we had to stop and pick a few (still had the bags with us from Tuesday’s abortive sortie). They seem to be ready early this year – as will be the bramble jelly!

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Bannister’s Coppice and the waggonway

When we walked in Bannister’s Coppice in late October, there were deer everywhere (see “Oh deer“). Will there be any today? More accurately, will we see any today? Yes, if we’re quiet and careful, though they’re shy at present – there’s a mother with a very young-looking fawn, which sneaks through the bracken and across our path, while we stand still and silent. We return by the track up from Seven Springs Farm, which I’ve realised is the route taken by a pre-railway age (1824) waggonway, from Gleedon Hill quarry to the Severn. Once again, there’s no-one else around.

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Back to Homer, and Wigwig, and Harley

We walked this route earlier in the year – anticlockwise. Today we’ll walk it clockwise – the views will be different… The path through the deciduous woodland of Bannister’s Coppice is a most pleasant, descending to the former mill, whose race can still be traced beside the path. Alongside the lane from Homer to Harley there are distracting blackberries (and the odd damson). Returning past Belswardyne Hall the views are extensive on this fine last afternoon of September.


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