Wordless Wednesday – Running rings round Wandlebury

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Wandlebury is at its enchanting best at this time of year, dressed by frosts, mists and low sun.

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The yew guardians still cling to the embankment of the ring, ready to uproot and defend

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The site dates back ~2,300 years to Iceni tribes, but the ring fortification was dramatically extended in the Iron Age.

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The main ditch is reminiscent of those romantic holloways Robert Macfarlane writes about … “a glimpse into the shade world”

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But in early spring, Wandlebury is awash with snowdrops: round the ring; through the orchard;

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Across the central plateau

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Tall, shimmering and swaying in the breeze,

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Milky drops

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The woodland floor surrounding the ring is a patchwork of sunlight and swaths of glowing aconites

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And if you keep going … along this tantalising beech avenue … you reach a Roman road. Time travel all in a dog walk!

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13 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Running rings round Wandlebury

  1. Enchanting is the right word!

  2. shoreacres says:

    The beech avenue is my favorite view, despite the appeal of the flowers.I like the way the shadows lace together the two sides of the road.

    • Thanks. That avenue looks wonderful in any weather. I’ve taken lots of photos of it over the years. There are some nice photos of that view in fog, with trees and runners emerging out of the gloom.

  3. This was truly magical. I wonder what your dog spotted? Spring flowers are the most appreciated. Thanks for this glimpse.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Truly wondrous – the stirrings of spring are such a delight. Thanks for sharing your walk!

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    Beautiful pictures, a lovely place to walk the dog.

  6. Robert says:

    Beautiful, other worldly! Enchanting like Sherwood Forest.

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