Along the Wayfarer’s Walk to Ladle Hill

My mum recently read Nicola Chester’s ‘On Gallows Down’ and looking something to do over the Easter weekend, we decided to go for a walk along part of the Wayfarer’s way mentioned in the book.

Starting at the White Hill car park with Buzzards and Red kites riding the thermals overhead, we walked along the track through the area made famous by Richard Adam’s book Watership Down.

As we continued down, away from the horse gallops the landscape changed, flocks of Chaffinches chattered in the hedgerows, badger paths rambled their way down the steep banks, and every so often a pair of ears could been seen taller than the crops.

Crossing the road, we were met by the sight of around 10 hares, we all stood perfectly still, camouflaging ourselves by each one of us standing behind a fence post. It took one of the hares quite a while to realise he was being watched.

As the sun got lower in the sky we reached the hill fort and stood looking across the A34 at the rolling countryside.

The original idea was to be back in the car park for a picnic while watching the sun set, but a combination of taking too long and low cloud blocking the sun, we settled for eating the food we had brought with us in the back of our van.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Along the Wayfarer’s Walk to Ladle Hill

  1. Jim says:

    We went to Gallows Down last week. I might read the book now. Thanks for recommendation.

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  2. Pingback: Along the Wayfarer’s Walk to Ladle Hill - Wild 4 Wildlife

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