Coaley Peak and Woodchester Park

Gloucestershire

17th April 2016                                                    Photos by Hetty

A map of the walk is here

We started at the Coaley Peak picnic area on a beautiful day, with wonderful views. The tide must have been in, as the River Severn looked blue

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and the Black Mountains were quite clear in the distance

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Through Penn Wood, with bluebells

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Up the track to Bown Hill farm – we can see Stroud and Rodborough Fort

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Through the vineyards

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and down to the chain of five lakes in the hidden Woodchester Park (National Trust)

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S1050949 copyThe Tower – a folly – on Break Heart Hill

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Primroses, and brown and white sheep

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Woodchester Mansion comes into view

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Designed by Benjamin Bucknall in the 1850s, it replaced a grand country house built in the 1740s.

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Work stopped when the owner, William Leigh, died, and it was never finished

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Wood anemones

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A glider being pull up

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Back at Coaley Peak

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A lovely walk and catch up with friends, then a good meal at the Rose and Crown, Nymphsfield

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