The ideal place
Lockdown and the weather have not been very kind lately but we are so lucky at the Annexe Yew Tree Cottage to be surrounded by lovely landscape and numerous footpaths. The village of Wick, in itself has no outstanding features but exploring the surrounding countryside is stunning.
You can join the Cotswold Way in Dyrham, Cold Ashton or Lansdown all about 4 miles away and have a lovely walk amongst the rolling hills all the way to the centre of Bath.
A local walk
You can easily do a few circular walks starting from the Annexe without having to use your car. One of my favourite take me up the hill above the hamlet of Holbrook then to the litlle of village of Abson , carry on to Doynton and back to Wick. You can avoid most of the lanes, enjoy the countryside and admire the landscape.
Abson is pretty little village with stone houses. The Church is dedicated to St James the Great and is Grade 2 listed . If you go to the back of the church and look at the wall, you will discover a Sheela na Gig- a carving of a male figured and is thought to date from early Roman times.
The church is looked after by a group of volunteers who raise a lot of money through different charitable activities. I enjoy sitting in the church porch and admire the flowers in the churchyard: snowdrops follow by daffodils and then roses.
Walk across the fields from Abson and you reach the village of Doynton. Doynton has a lovely pub The Cross House and I recommend you stop for a meal here. The food is delicious! There are some beautiful houses in the village and I was told that it is the last Cotswold village.
And back to Wick and Holbrook for an enjoyable end of the day. This walk will take between 2 and 3 hours.