Friday, 14 April 2017

168.Woodchester Park


Parking @ Nympsfield GL10 3UA

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This weeks walk start in Nympsfield in Gloucestershire.

Bluebells in full bloom.

Green Glades and hardly anyone seen on walk.

Path up to Uley Bury old fort.

First view of the day.

Few more views through the trees and a few of those hilly bits. 
Old mile marker post.

Then Coaley Peak or Frocester Hill a great place to stop.

Looking towards Seven estuary

Most of the peaks and high points on this board we've done  !

Rodborough Common & Minchampton Butterflying heaven, i'll be back there for sure in search of the Duke of Burgundy and Adonis Blues.

Typical stone walls in the cotswolds

Then we enter Woodchester Park and lakes.

A mutilated deer carcass was found in the gardens, which prompted experts to believe a big cat is prowling the grounds in January 2012. 
Unfortunately we didn't see, just lots of dogs !

The mansion was abandoned by its builders in the middle of construction, leaving behind a building that appears complete from the outside, but with floors, plaster and whole rooms missing inside. It has remained in this state since the mid-1870s.

The mansion's creator William Leigh bought the Woodchester Park estate for £100,000 in 1854.

Some beautiful grounds and gardens.

Another couple of hills and we are back at Nympfield which The name 'Nympsfield' is a mix of Celtic and Old English, meaning 'Open land by the holy place.

A very hilly walk with plenty of up and downs but some good views to compensate.
A lovely sunny day was had with spring flowers adding to the walk .

Thats all for this week, join me again next week  :)

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