This never fails to amuse me at Victoria Coach Station. I’d like to know why Chippenham is the Chippenham, when every other destination mentioned doesn’t have the same designation.
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.
A slightly different bench this week courtesy of the latest missive from our town council.
I think it’s time to revive the Ex Bench in the Donkey Field…
Update: It’s been revived! Photo coming soon…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Tuesday dawned bright and sunny and with the trees at their peak colour, I really had no excuse not to go.
And do you know what? I really enjoyed it!