Cirencester Ramblers

September 16th Corsham

Nine ramblers set off from Pockeridge Drive Corsham on an overcast morning which soon turned to sunshine. Crossing over Potley railway bridge the group picked up an overgrown path between an industrial estate and a field of maize to Neston. From Neston the path led through farmland to Bakers Corner. After admiring the Bath stone cottages here they continued down a lane until they reached a bridle path, with lovely views to Lower Wadswick. The group then continued along the side of the field to reach the monument to John Hanning Speke, an explorer who travelled extensively in Africa, but sadly met his end in a shooting accident at that spot in 1864.

From here the ramblers continued to Chapel Plaister for a lunch stop on the village green and then made their way down to Hazelbury Manor, a beautiful 15th century fortified house. They continued up one of the drives to reach Wadswick Country Store. From here the footpath followed a private road between fields of miscanthus grass grown for biofuel.

After stopping to admire a herd of Red Devon cows the route passed through a brand new retirement village and continued on to Westwells, where the group couldn’t resist looking round a small nursery, one rambler buying a pot of pansies. They continued via lanes and footpaths back to Pockerridge Drive passing over the route of Box Tunnel on the way.

 

The Speke Memorial

 

Double sided stone drinking Trough

 

The group pause for a photo

 

HazelburyManor

 

How do we get over this one?

 

Beautiful gates of the Wadswick retirement complex