Friday, 25 September 2009

Inkpen, Walbury Hill and Woodhay

This was a 12 mile walk centred to the south of Inkpen, a village close to Newbury, here is the map of the walk:


View East Woodhay - Inkpen in a larger map

This stretch of Wayfarer's Way is a well worn track with quite a few walkers. Coombe Gibbet in the distance, it is still fashioned as a gibbet, recalling crueller times.

coombe gibbet

This is the view you generally get to the north (and there is a fair view to the south too).

inkpen hill

Walking up to the edge, this poor beech tree had ominously large bracket fungi protruding from it (a couple of feet across).

bracket fungus

This was the view on the way down from the Edge, looking back up to the dizzy heights of Inkpen Hill (nearly 600ft!).

inkpen hill

Closer to the lens, there were only a few flowers in bloom, such as this Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis).

scabious

Everyone is justifiably impressed by the plumage of the male pheasant but the female has fine feathers too.

female pheasant

There were some spindleberries (Euonymus europaeus) looking very tempting in the autumn light.

Spindleberries

On the edge of conifer and birch woods there were masses of fly agaric, but only this partly eaten specimen was in sunlight.

fly agaric,mushroom

There were some sloes (blackthorn berries) with their bloom.

sloe,blackthorn

This Comma butterfly refused to play ball and open its wings, however, the ivy flowers and blackberries came out well.

butterfly

Inkpen church has some rather striking murals in the pre-Raphaelite style (1920s).

mural,inkpen church

Both East and West Woodhay villages - no more than a dozen houses apiece - have their own church. This is the one at West Woodhay.

west woodhay church

Autumn was approaching as can be seen by the colourful framing of Stargrove close to East Woodhay.

stargrove

And to end on a prickly note, with upcoming Christmas fare already in the shops, I couldn't resist the play of sunlight.

holly

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