As i turn up for this walk along the canal and river path, parking is probably enough for 5/6 cars as the pub car park the Daneway is blocked off at the moment due to coronavirus restrictions.
I could imagine a year or so back before coronavirus in this quaint very small village the pub being quite busy after a long walk stopping off for a pint.
Looking to follow the path down to the next town Chalford at just over 4 miles away
it takes me through Siccaridge wood and Sapperton valley where both the river Frome, the Thames and Severn canal run parallel with the woodland path. With abundant of wildlife it was early morning when i first spotted the back end of a little muntjac trying to scurry and head for cover.
With early spring in action it was a warm day for this time of the year and with Daffodil's smaller than normal and snowdrops a plenty but not quite ready for the gracious blue woodland smell of the Bluebells.
As i walk along the woodland path with nature taking its course the high demand of the old
canal that once used still stand some twelve or so feet high, over grown with moss and Ivy taking over as nature would. With some of the old markings of the canal still available to see.
The old mill building part of the industrial century lay in ruin with a few smashed windows looking empty and cold a once used canal that dates back to 1783.
You only have to be quite for a minute or so to hear the sound of nature as the woodpeckers tap on the trees and the smells of wild garlic scatter the woodland floor.
In the middle of nowhere a small house cover some of the walk along the
way leading into deeper depths of water. During the harder times of rain otters struggling and finding it hard to find its local catch of small fish a small otter sanctuary further down helping the wildlife in need.
Every corner and twist and turn gives a new reflection to admire as the hills and valleys
roll and meander down the slow trickling brooks and rivers that flow near by. A open invitation to take it all in and enjoy the day looking for the next corner of scenic woodland.
As both canal and river meets bringing the two closer together the old bridge echo's my footsteps as i walk under the tattered long standing arch, an ideal home for Newts, frogs and
and toads. There are several bridges along the path some over grown but still standing still standing the time of nature.
As we get further down you get a sense of life as you can hear the trains in the background and you also get to see a few more walkers along the way. As the river gets
a little shallower you could see a few buildings looking towards the end of the path. As i turn the next corner it looks like we are back to life a small row of houses the ideal place for home
Chalford valley a small part of Chalford that used to bring quality silks and woollen clothes to the small town as the narrow hill sides used by weavers. Donkeys where used up until 1950
in the narrow streets to bring in food and other house hold goods. The cold air in the valley once know as alpine air as the further down the valley or woodland the colder it become.
As i come to the end of my walk as i hit Chalford it was time for some light refreshments a coffee and a unusual custard and rhubarb doughnut.