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Door 3: A wild treat that’s good for you too!

Posted: Saturday 3rd December 2016 by Community

Walker on swifts hillWalker on Swifts Hill

It’s Saturday. How about walking the glorious Laurie Lee wildlife way? Pick up a leaflet from local tourist information centres or order one from us.

Have you walked the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way yet? In 2014 Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust launched this fabulous walk through the Slad Valley, to celebrate the centenary of Laurie Lee’s birth. The walk celebrates the wonderful landscape that was the backdrop to Laurie Lee’s famous childhood memoir, Cider with Rosie.

While there’s still more than three weeks to Christmas – treat yourself, and leave the preparation till later. Put on your boots, pack a picnic and a flask and head for Bull’s Cross where the walk begins. 

The walk is about seven miles and takes you on a circuit through some of the most beautiful places in Gloucestershire including several reserves where you feel like you are in wilderness. Snow’s Farm is a wild and rarely visited reserve, where the only other people you are likely to see are other Wildlife Way walkers.

The Dillay Brook runs through the site, and you might see deer on the hillsides. Swift’s Hill offers views right out across the valley and beyond the Severn, and Frith Wood is a delightful woodland walk.

There are steep sections, and some muddy sections, and by the time you get back to Bull’s Cross, you might want to head down to Laurie Lee’s old pub, The Woolpack, for a rest!

But what a wonderful way to start December – out in the fresh air, delighting in our glorious countryside, building up an appetite for the rest of the month.
Much work is regularly undertaken by the Reserves Manager and his team of volunteers to look after the walk – a job that is never ending!

Fortunately they love it. You can increase your enjoyment of the walk, and help contribute to the upkeep of our reserves by buying a copy of the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way walk map.


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