I have been asked a few times lately how we find our walks/strolls. Well it's using an OS map and outrageous nosiness! We tend to do strolls rather than a full blown walk and it usually involves a cuppa or a hostelry somewhere along the way! It also involves a lot of stopping and looking, my husband although he likes to do really long walks sometimes, he has friends he can go with for them, he is happy to stroll with me for anything from 1 to 5 miles. Anyway, I thought I would record a few places and strolls we do and see if my friends who have asked me for a few ideas find it helpful.
Ruth led us on a walk she knows well which took us up from Ansty along the lane towards Aller, on the bend in the lane we took a bridlepath up the hill until we came into this wood. It was full of wild Garlic, Cow Parsley and Campion.
These girls were a little frisky as we crossed their field to get up to the ridge, which is only a little way from Bulbarrow Hill. Never have 10 ladies got over styles and gates so fast, in fact I have one or two very unflattering photos of people trying to vault their way out of the field. As I wish to keep my friends I will not be publishing those pictures!
This is the only picture I will put on because it's not
What are they looking at?
These cows were clearly shocked and had never seen so much pink in one place before! They left us well alone, traumatised I think!
At the bottom we walked across this field where we all thought you could have a good picnic under that tree.
All of a sudden we crossed over a lane and came into Bingham Melcombe, the old village. Ruth told us that the old village church which is in the next picture and manor house are the only places left of the original village. It was wiped out by the plague centurys ago.
Bingham Melcombe Church, all alone. Next to it is a mound where apparently the people who died of the plague were buried. It is a rule now that it must never be dug up or built on.
Finally along the side of the manor house and back down to Ansty and Melcombe Bingham. Apparently when the village was rebuilt after the plague they changed the two words around so it became Melcombe Bingham instead of Binghams Melcombe.Then in the cars and off to the Oak at Dewlish for a lovely lunch round a big oblong table so all 10 of us could sit together.
If you would like to walk in this area it is covered by OS Explorer map 117, Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis. East sheet. We walked 3 3/4 miles but you could adapt it to your length of walk.