As you know I love the garden at the Annexe Yew Tree Cottage and spend many hours tending to it. It is gorgeous in all seasons but Autumn is one of my favorite as the green leaves turn to gold and all shades of red. I enjoy walking on the grass on a dry day and hear the leaves under my feet.
The Annexe Yew Tree Cottage is surronded by fields and there is a lovely circular walk that I enjoy doing. It takes you through the top of the village of Wick and then down to the Ochre work. They used to mine red Ochre there up to the 1970s. Now it is a nature reserve. It is beautiful and very peaceful with the river Boyd going though it. Very few things remain from its industrial past apart from a couple of ruins and the weir. The wildlife is also very interesting. You can find more information on the Golden Valley website.
When you leave Golden Valley following the river, you reach the busy part of the village. Cross the road and you are again in fields and surrounded by nature. There are some interesting trees around. You will find the river again a bit further as you cross a little bridge and try to spot the elusive kingfisher. you may spot ducks and moorhen. Someone told me that there may be otter too in the river.
Now you need to be energetic as you climb up a steep hill but the view at the top is beautiful and you will admire the landscape as far as Lansdown near Bath.
You will need to cross the busy road again and will cross fields which will take you back to Yew Tree Cottage.
Only 16 miles from The Annexe Yew Cottage
is Westonbirt Arboretum. It is worth a visit at all time of year but Autumn is magical. The You will marvel at the display of colours from the maples and acers. You can choose your walk, it is a wonderful expereince. I also recommend a visit in December when all the trees are illuminated.
This is it
I hope that you have enjoyed our local tour. We provide you with ideas of walks so that you can discover our lovely countryside and enjoy the views in all seasons.
If you wish to visit the Arboretum