Category Archives: Wiltshire

Living on the Edge

Geraniums and vintage car on the outskirts of Chippenham

I’m exploring some of the wildflowers which are blooming right on the outskirts of Chippenham and Geranium pratense is an abundant native wildflower here in Wiltshire. I often see it at this time of year in the Donkey Field on my walks into town.

It also likes the approach to Chippenham and I had a serendipitous encounter recently with it and a vintage car which must have been out on a run from an event at Castle Combe.

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This is one of Lisa Pettibone’s pieces on display as part of the Elements of Capability exhibition at Lacock Abbey.

I liked how the warped metal transformed the paths, sky, grass and surrounding vegetation into something quite surreal looking. It’s a bit like how Capability Brown dramatically altered many of the landscapes he was involved with.

The exhibition continues until 22nd May 2016

A New Bridge for Chippenham

An early morning start last week allowed me to view the recently opened new bridge at Chippenham station.

This replaced the previous one which only gave pedestrian access to the centre of town (there is another bridge for getting to the platforms) and the Barrow Crossing which I’ve featured before.

It also allows access to the platforms via stairs and a lift. For some reason the bridge’s windows have locks on them, which are locked. I wonder when they’d be opened and who would do that.

It’s only taken 25 years of campaigning and a few million pounds to get this new bridge installed. If the line wasn’t in the process of being electrified (the old bridge was too low for that), would we still be waiting?

You can get an inkling of what the old bridge was like here.

A Walk for wwwp5k

Stepping out through the Donkey Field - apologies for the lens flare!
Stepping out through the Donkey Field at the start of the walk- apologies for the lens flare!

I haven’t joined in any WordPress memes before, but their recent invitation to join a worldwide 5 kilometre walk last week struck a chord.

Along my old commuter route to the railway station. Sadly I found the giant monkey puzzle tree I was going to photograph is no more, but at least there's a replacement tiny tree growing in its wake
Along my old commuter route to the railway station. Sadly I found the giant monkey puzzle tree I was going to photograph is no more, but at least there’s a replacement tiny tree growing in its wake

I need to get more active, and the email mentioned Map My Walk. Is there a suitable route on there for Chippenham? It turned out there was.

The second open space of my route - John Coles Park
The second open space of my route – John Coles Park

I’d love to live somewhere where I can just step out the door into wonderful scenery, preferably with mountains or the sea, or both. Sadly living in Chippenham means urban walking from my door, or a drive elsewhere. At least I now have a 5 kilometre route with takes in 2 out of the 3 main open spaces the town has to offer.

Starting the uphill stretch at around the half way mark
Starting the uphill stretch at around the half way mark

Last Tuesday dawned bright and sunny and with the trees at their peak colour, I really had no excuse not to go.

Rhus typhina gives good value at this time of the year
Rhus typhina gives good value at this time of the year

And do you know what? I really enjoyed it!

Looking behind me on the home stretch
Looking behind me on the home stretch

Sunshine in Leaf form