Tuesday, 3 April 2012

A Walk from Great Hinton to Trowbridge in beautiful Sunshine.

Admiring a "Goat Willow" tree.
This walk last week was a recce, short for reconnaisscience, which means we go out walking without actually knowing where we are going.  The route has previously been plotted on a map, but much to our delight, we do take wrong turnings and have to retrace our footsteps.  Last week we enjoyed summer weather, but at the moment it has taken a turn for the worse, and we are back in midwinter with frost on the roofs.   The walk was flat, always a pleasure, although we had several stiles to climb, the going got tough when walking across fields of damp grass.  We are seen here admiring a "Goat Willow" tree.  Who would have thought that there are so many varieties of willow in England.  We had lunch in "The King's Arm" in Trowbridge, and very nice it was too, downed with a pint of beer.
A distant "Steeple Ashton" Church, without a steeple!
Steeple Ashton church lost its steeple when it was struck by lightning in 1670.  Two workmen were killed in the process and it was never rebuilt.
Fishermen at Stourton Lake, an ornamental lake was formed by damming a stream which meets the River Biss at Trowbridge.

The ladies negotiated yet another stile.

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