Wednesday, January 20, 2010
DODDINGTON N.W.CIRCULAR WALK.
AS YOU CAN SEE ITS A BIT MISERABLE WEATHER WISE
THE SAFETY BARRIERS AROUND THE DENE HOLE/WELL
THE UNUSUAL STONE PULPIT
I've done this once and its disappeared into cyberspace!
Starting at Doddington Church up the hill,giving way to a young lady on horse back,we came to a T junction and crossed onto a long footpath on a large open field towards the church with a spire.I was glad that a spare jacket was produced,as mine was still in the front hall at home.
It was cold,damp,gloomy and muddy,but we persevered.The church(St Catherine's Kingsdown)was still consecrated,but not in use,it was however,kept in good condition .We entered and took some pictures and had a look around.An unusual stone pulpit,and some nice stained glass.From the church,to the motorway,crossing over and paralleling through a foot deep bank of snow.At the end of the field we recrossed and entered the woods startling a flock of peahens(collective noun please?)Emerging we found a familiar footpath and more open fileds,and coppicing operations ,where we stopped and had our coffee,whilst looking for a stick,left here last summer (no joy)
entering Torry Hill park,(Lee-Pemberton estate)we made our way through mature trees and through the farmyard(typically full of junk)and on to the road.Back into the estate,and towards Doddington,we examined a hole in the ground,which we dropped a stone down and it took six seconds to reach the bottom,
about 180 Metres ? any offers?
Then down the hillside.In half an hour we were back at the cars.
6 of us 4 degrees C ,cloudy grey .7.5 miles
St Catherine's church is typical of churches isolated after the Black Death ,where the villagers moved away and their building fell into disrepair.
It's a MUSTER of Peahens-noisy buggers aren't they?