Love in swyncombe

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Baby Routes. Hello from the snow! February 28, From several feet of of powdery, crisp snow back to a greeny-brown drizzly mush. Returning to the UK from Switzerland last week was a bit of a shock to the system, even if it is quite nice not to have to take half an hour to dress the girls before venturing out the door!

Patrolling the damp garden when we finally got home lifted my spirits though. Then, on my way back in, I spotted the first snowdrops of the year waving their innocent, nodding he in the weak winter sunshine. Instantly it reminded me that Spring is just around the corner and that few places are better than home to experience this most optimistic of seasons. Now you probably know by now that bluebell season is one of my most treasured times of year and I never miss the opportunity to find a new walk or two to enjoy the ethereal blue haze found in our wild woodlands at that time.

Recently though I have come across quite a few recommended places to see snowdrops en masse. Curious and inspired by my nodding solitary garden snowdrop, a flyer in the local library and a recent visit by Christine from A Family Day Out to a snowdrop spot not far from us, I got out the OS maps and planned a snowdrop walk at Swyncombe Church, Oxfordshire. Our route had the double advantage of also taking in a decent stretch of the Ridgeway — yet a few more km to knock off our long-distance challenge! On the well -posted approach to Swyncombe we realised plenty of other people had the same ideas as us.

Many of the visitors although merely wanted to hop out and take a look at the snowdrops in the churchyard. It was a beautiful sight, albeit a fairly small plot. The fragility and immaculate purity of a snowdrop, combined with its role as the early messenger of Spring and the rebirth it stands for, make this beautiful, humble little flower so strikingly appropriate for a graveyard that now wonder at all other churchyards not being carpeted in them also.

It helps that Swyncombe Church is in a wonderfully secluded and beautiful rural spot, with the gravestones that the flowers weave through representing those from times long gone. The church dates back to the 10th century, possibly even earlier. After a quick peep at the snowdrops we donned our wellies and walking kit and headed out down the track past the Swyncombe Church. A walk seems an apt thing to do here — Swyncombe Church is dedicated to St. Botolph who is a patron saint of wayfarers. We had been deceived by calm and sunny conditions back home, with the weather surprisingly windy and with a keen nip in the air at Swyncombe well before we even climbed up onto the Ridgeway.

Without the extra layers we would normally take for windy conditions we decided to cut our original route short and opted instead for the short circular route that seems to be the standard wander for strolling visitors to Swyncombe and takes you back through the Swyncombe Estate.

You can find details and a map of the route on the walks here. It was still a beautiful walk and if anything, we probably enjoyed better views than from the bit of Ridgeway we had originally intended to extend our route along. We played hide-and-seek behind the huge trees in the estate, trying out our best bird calls to give clues. I always enjoy a walk through estate parkland too — something about the closely cropped grass and grand trees evokes a happy conflict between my inner five-year-old and inner-thirteen-year-old. The former wants to tear across the the short grass as fast as possible and climb the trees, whilst the latter floats along in a daydream, expecting to bump into Mr.

Darcy at any moment. Under the careful chaperoning of my husband, this time round it was the inner-five-year-old who won the battle. I raced with Roo down the final stretch of our walk back towards Swyncombe Church with abandon.

The snowdrop walk at Swyncombe was a lovely wander despite the keen wind. Not only were the snowdrops out but we also spotted the first catkins of the year! For future years, look out for the cake afternoons at Swyncombe Church on Saturdays during February. We stopped and chatted to one of people involved in organising the Swyncombe snowdrop Saturdays and the prospect of homemade baking after a quick walk made us sorry for the poor timing of our own walk!

Skip to comment form. This looks like such a gorgeous place. Love that first photo. First day of March today so now I can really get excited about the start of Spring! Stunning photos! Ah I know that walk well! Yes — was sad to miss cake. Thanks for the recommendation though — the snowdrops were lovely! Such a beautiful exciting walk. Shame you missed the cake but wow those snowdrops in the graveyard are just beautiful.

What gorgeous snowdrops. I only ever see a couple at a time, it is lovely to see lots of them. That looks like a great walk. Yes it was the first time I had seen such a lot of snowdrops in one place too — a beautiful sight. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Determined to combine parenthood with her love of travel and the great outdoors, Kate founded Baby Routes in after the birth of her first daughter. Follow on Instagram.

Made with by Graphene Themes. Toggle Baby Routes. Amongst the Swyncombe snowdrops By Kate Limburn February 28, February 28, From several feet of of powdery, crisp snow back to a greeny-brown drizzly mush. Kate Limburn. Related posts. Multicultural Motherhood on February 28, at Reply Stunning photos! Thanks for popping by! Christine on February 28, at Reply Ah I know that walk well! Alison on March 2, at Reply What gorgeous snowdrops. Kate Limburn on March 2, at Author Reply Yes it was the first time I had seen such a lot of snowdrops in one place too — a beautiful sight.

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A snowdrop walk near Swyncombe, Oxfordshire