Thursday, 5 March 2015

111. Holcombe to Coleford Circular via (9.65 miles)


Parking @ BA35ED Holcombe

A walk that promised many features including Quarries,The somerset and Dorset Canal And Viaduct,But Most evidence of S&D Gone although Viaduct still visible, just at Coleford .
Might as well give up on Quarries as footpaths always not able to see quarries was hoping for dinner break at ,but no ! Always fenced off, these the 7 or 8th quarries we've tried now and last .
But with some lovely countryside around on the walk Small streams with a great waterfalls Views towards Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse.Very Pleasant and rural

Lane leaving Holcombe

 Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse.

Harridge Woods

St Dunstan Well here somewhere, is the exit to Stoke Lane Slocker below

Pretty vale or glade or....

Stoke Lane Slocker  goes for about 5th of miles ends at St Dunstan well the Series of chambers includes Bernard's Rift, which is 20 metres (66 ft) high and contains crystal pools containing calcite-encrusted goniatite snail shells, and cave pearls !!

Stoke Lane Quarry 
opened in 1945 Working has been intermittent since 1976 and stopped in 1993.

Cool Little Bridge

 One Roe Deer

 Two always that white rump at speed !

Really nice waterfall name unknown so i name it Bullock's Falls as Bullock's hill close by .

Another view of Bullock's Falls

Thought for a second a new tick !!

Coleford Aqueduct

Vobster Quarry  got there own web site ! But couldn't see it from top path well through fence.
 looked nice though.

A couple of ploughed fields now just to strengthen those ankles !

A Feature Babington house !! this small chapel.

The village of Babington dates from medieval times, but it appears to have 
been for the most part demolished to make way for the house around 1705 ! 
Typical eh !!
now owned in part by Neil morrissey and 
many "Famous"people have got married there.

As at mile point 7 and a bit ,we've still not stopped for break so this tree seemed about as good as it gets although the wind was very cold .we didn't stay long.

This maybe next walk towards that tower in distance Ammerdown Monument.

Thats all folks 
check next week for another fabulous walk in the Middle aged walk season. 

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