Monday, 11 May 2015

A Windmill, a Canal and Bluebell Woods

Today dawned bright and sunny so we decided to drive to Wilton to see the windmill and go for a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal. However when we arrived the sun had gone in and it was rather grey, not that it stopped us enjoying our day. 

The windmill only opens its doors on Bank Holiday weekends when they put the windmill to work but you are allowed to walk right up to it at other times. I would love to go back again when it is working, it must be quite dramatic to see the sails turn especially if it is as blustery as it was today.

We then drove a short distance to Crofton where we walked on the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath up as far as Little Bedwyn and back again - a distance of almost four miles. I am going for my Silver body magic award at Slimming World this week so it is good for me to rack up the miles.

Our route (from far left to far right on above map)

There were a couple of boats working through the locks on the canal today

How's this for a high-tech boat - solar panels and sky dish!

This boat had just about everything on its roof including the washing line!

This one is a long way from home!

We met a lady walking her dog along the towpath and she told us about a lovely pub in the village of Froxfield so as it was lunchtime by the time we arrived back at the car we decided to go and investigate. We really enjoyed our meals but I am glad I had burnt so many calories on our walk as it was quite difficult choosing something that wasn't full of syns. We took a bit of a round about route to get to Froxfield as we didn't have a map with us but on the way we passed some magnificent bluebell woods so after our meal we decided to drive back the same way and have a walk and take some photographs.  What a magnificent sight, bluebells as far as you could see - what a lovely time of the year this is. The sun had reappeared by this time making it even more special.

Sorry, got a bit carried away with the number of photos again, I find it so difficult to decide which ones to leave out. If you have made it this far thank you so much for visiting my blog, I am so enjoying writing this as a record of my activities since taking semi-retirement.


  1. Wonderful pictures as always Jan, I wish my photographic skills were half as good as yours. We too went walking yesterday but I had other things I needed to write of today so maybe tomorrow I will write of our weekend walk.

  2. It sounds like a great day! I love windmills and your photos are fantastic!

  3. Hello Jan, thank you so much for taking me on your walk I really enjoyed it, especially the windmill
    and the amazing canal boats, I love to see them with their vibrant painted colours, and what gorgeous bluebells.

    My beech hut picture is from The Range, Lighthouse and Captain Quackers B & Q.


  4. The photos were great as usual Jan and loved the bluebells. I have a lot in my garden, which isn't very big and no matter how many I move or dig up there are the same number or more every year! 2 Years ago I planted a lot of Russian snowdrops little knowing until they flowered they were bluebells too I am still digging them up! Chris x

  5. You have so many lovely places to walk near you, Jan! I especially love the fields of bluebells!

  6. Hi Jan, what wonderful bluebell photos! They are amazing, and so very blue! Thank you for taking us along on your walk. I have nominated you for the Two Good Reads tag on my blog - if you pop over you can see the details. hope that's ok :)
    Cathy x

  7. What beautiful bluebell photos, you got some good shots there. I enjoyed following you on your walk along the towpaths, that's something I really miss from Yorkshire as you don't get any down here. x