WI WALK OCTOBER 26th 2017 BERWICK ST JAMES TO WINTERBOURNE STOKE CIRCULAR
WALKERS: Loraine and her dog Teddy. Carol, Marian and Anne (non WI)
We started from the Boot Inn at the end of the High Street in Berwick St James and took the narrow tarmac road beside it. We stopped on the little bridge over the River Till for a photo shoot before moving on past buildings on the right belonging to Druids Farm. In the field opposite were some geese and also a big flock of guinea fowl who were making a lot of noise, probably due to the presence of Teddy the dog.
The road continues steeply uphill but we took the road to the left that is actually marked ‘private no right of way’ but this apparently applies to vehicles and not to walkers. The colours of the beech trees lining the track were beautiful and we stopped to admire them towering above us, and the unusual bank of hart’s tongue ferns growing below them. The track led us to a pretty white thatched cottage where the waymarked right of way goes through the side of the property. We went over a stile and into open fields where on the far right hand side another line of beech trees were showing their bright autumn colours. Pheasants were scuttling about everywhere as this time of year is the shooting season.
After walking alongside the field we entered into another field that led to open meadowland with picturesque views of Winterbourne Stoke church nestling behind a weeping willow.
We climbed over a stile into the village, turning sharp left to cross over the river via a footbridge. From here on we walked along a narrow lane at the back of a campsite and then a few houses before reaching a lovely old iron style gate. Along the route we came across a lovely spindleberry bush laden with it’s pretty pink berries that have a glowing orange centre.
The walk continued diagonally across a recently planted farmfield to another style gate by a road sign. We had to finish the walk with care along the road that leads back into Berwick and our starting point at the Boot Inn.
At a leisurely amble the walk took just over an hour and was estimated to be around two and a half to three miles in length. If you would like to join in one of our monthly walks please contact Loraine 01722 743577.