Doynton to Dryham Loop
This walk was created on the back of a previous walk - the golden valley ramble that we did earlier on in the year. Because of a slight miss judgment on my part we prematurely missed our intentional route, thus missing out this section of the walk. We decided to tackle it at a later date - today! Sadly Mark was tied up (not literally) and could not make it today. Myself and Nigel did not begin this walk from a pub car park but instead we parked outside a church in the heart of Doynton
We did this walk in the evening, it was a sunny spring evening in May and apart from me and Nigel Doynton was deserted. Set against a rural backdrop this peaceful village is quite a desirable place to live. It certainly boasts some rather large abodes that me and Nigel could only dream of living in. We left Doynton behind; following Doynton Lane all the way to Dyrham which is a quite a steady route along the road with some great views out across the local farm land.
I have to apologise because I only have images of the second half of the walk. When we did these walks (2014) I had no idea that I would be writing a blog about them so the photos where not taken with this in mind. Next year (2015) I shall aim to take many more highlighting more of the journey.
Once we hit Dryham Village which was another idyllic living location out in the middle of nowhere - We found the right path this time! It took us off the concrete and along a footpath that was slightly overgrown with nettles. It was a good job that we were both wearing trousers and I had my walking stick. In the photo above was our view to the the right of us.
Our surroundings had changed again, we were now in Dyrham Wood. This was a well kept area, the path was maintained and the general feel of the place was welcoming. It felt good to be taking in the evening air and enjoying nature. We noticed a large green box at the side of the path, it had a space for letters and could be opened from the top. It was probably a suggestion box of sorts. We climbed a small slope and left the woods and headed towards quite a busy road (Gorse Lane). Luckily we did not have to venture on to the road as we were able to walk alongside it for most of the way - even though it was next to a large pile of manure, which was quite sweet smelling.