Distance on Ridgeway - 4 Miles
Geocaches - 6 Found, 4 Not Found
Walk Inspiration - Pub Walks Along the Ridgeway
With an eye on the weather reports, we wait to Sunday to start the next stage of the Ridgeway. It may be the first day of Autumn, but we have wonderful blue skies to walk under.
Still, its a bit nippy when we alight the car. Sonia was OK in her Softshell but all I had against they elements was my Lowe Alpine walking top. For the start of the walk, the shirt contained two protrusions the size of monkey's thumbs.
Head up from Fox Hill, straight on the Ridgeway.
|Views like this bring us to the Ridgeway|
|Sonia Comments that the Photo of Helen is not too flattering|
I try and get close to get a good photo but spook them. They all leg it - apart from little Oinker, who tries unsuccessfully to hide in the grass. He is at the front of the Photo.
|Quick Hide - Geocachers are coming|
A series of six caches in rapid succession provides some entertainment for about a mile. We find 4 out of 6. Sonia is not impressed that most of the clues pertain to being in a tree. There are a lot of trees.
We don't quite make it to Wayland's Smithy - the next highlight of the Ridgeway - there is a path that takes us towards the villages and back to our car. Next time Wayland.
And the path - which looks good on the Map - is superb in execution. The whole of the Wiltshire Plain below us and a lovely sunken valley to walk down. Swindon has never looked so good.
|Descend through Kingston Coombes|
Ashbury, leads to Idstone which leads to Bishopstone - home of refreshments. Each is more pretty than the next with a collection of thatched cottages and classic British charm.
|Pig says the Pub is Close|
|Enough People were having to suggest it was worth it|
|We settled on Wiltshire Gold|
|Up the Coombes|
Lunch is taken in the village of Wanborough. The only complexity was choosing which of the three pubs should have our custom. The first choice, the Harrow, was the right choice.