Sulham and Pangbourne AreaWalks in my local area just west of Reading. Autumn 2009
After another wet and windy spell, today dawned cloudless, I decided to do a local walk. It is rewarding to do the whole trip with just two legs as transport for once. I set off south to Pincents Lane, and then down through woods to Nunhide Lane only a hundred yards or so from the busy M4. The local landmark is this brick Pigeon Tower built by Rev. Henry Wilder in the 1760s as part of his suit for the hand of a local lady who could see the tower from her house in Sulhamstead.
The hedgerows still had a good selection of autumn fruit, I could not resist one (last of this year?) shot of White Bryony berries which are red.
Sulham village is a pretty hamlet, virtually unspoilt. Sulham Farm always looks good in autumn sunshine.
One of nicest looking houses in Sulham (many are thatched) is unfortunately blighted by its proximity to Sulham Lane.
Now I had reached Sulham Woods, which rarely disappoints, it has some fine beech trees but at the top of the chalk ridge are conifers in regimented ranks. Nearly all the leaves have now fallen.
The locality is renowned for a rich selection of fungi. As I have posted so many pictures I'll restrict myself to two or well maybe three.
Well may be just four or five.
Yew had fine looking berries, the red aril is quite edible but the seed inside is poisonous.
I walked over fields and then along the Brunel railway line to Purley-on-Thames, not a particularly attractive village, just suburban sprawl. The main place of interest is Mapledurham Lock, where the river Thames goes over a weir. The river was quite high with all the recent rain.
I was lucky that a couple were feeding the ducks on the Thames (after they had chased away the gulls), and managed to get some pictures of them.
There were a couple of Egyptian Geese to add a touch of the exotic.
But this swan took the prize for the best display of feathers.