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Friday, 28 July 2017

The Dundas Aquaduct, Bath: a short walk to the Kennet and Avon canal from the Combe Grove Hotel.

This is the view from the magnificent Combe Grove Hotel looking southwards over the river Avon valley.
From the hotel you can walk to the canal in a half an hour.

 Take the steps in front of the lawn and walk to the driveway to Brassknocker Hill,
passing under the stone arch.

 You walk through delightful mature woodland of ash, oak, beech and laurel.
 Turn left at the busy road for 30 metres or so and cross the road to the milepost where the footpath descends steeply down the hill.
There had been torrential rain before our walk on Saturday 22 July 2017 and the path was slippery.
Stout boots or shoes are essential.  After such rain the ground was a little muddy in places: nothing compared to Sussex though.
Local enthusiasts have installed kissing gates on the path.  There are no awkward stiles to climb over.

 Sheep are in the fields and there far-reaching views of the Avon valley.


 Now the canal aqueduct comes into view.  And the main road.
Leave the field gingerly: traffic seems to pass within inches of the gate!
 Cross the road and a narrow path runs from the beginning of the lay by steeply down to the canal.

 Off this basin is the entrance to the narrow coal canal below.
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A walkers' and cyclists' heaven.
This short walk is just delightful and the aqueduct is inspirational.
We must come back and make more time to explore this canal network.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Butterflies in my garden in Cuckfield today

 A hot, sunny day brought out a fine display of butterflies, including Silver-washed Fritillary,

 Gatekeeper
 Ringlet

 and Meadow Brown.
A Red Admiral, Peacock and Large White were also on the wing.

Emperor dragonfly laying eggs in a garden pond, West Sussex, UK

 This Emperor dragonfly, Anax imperator was laying eggs in a garden pond,  in Cuckfield, West Sussex, UK this afternoon.
 Wishful thinking but if her larvae attacked baby newts, then maybe there might be some frogs next year.

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