Coppet Hill   2 comments

Oh dear, a long way behind with my blog again. Lots to catch up on with a little trip into the little known hills west of Builth Wells, a trip to Wasdale and an ascent of Pillar and cracking birthday weekend in Snowdonia. While I get around to editing some slide shows and writing up the thrills and spills here’s a few photos, words and a little Flickr slide show of a recent family trip up Coppet Hill near Goodrich.

It’s a stunning little hill perched above a massive meander in the river Wye between Goodrich and Symonds Yat. The latter is a busy tourist fleshpot but this hill is mercifully quiet and unspoilt with expansive views over the Herefordshire countryside.

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Coppet Hill and Herefordshire countryside

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Kerne Bridge

It’s a fine place for a family stroll across the open ridge and down through woods which we hoped would be carpeted with bluebells but it was just a little early. You descend sharply down to the sharp-point of the meander before returning along the fields at the bottom of the hill.

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On the banks of the Wye

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Across the meadows

The last time I’d been here with D on a summer walk the Wye was high and chocolate-brown. This time it looked as if you could almost wade across. This was to prove the calm before the storms as over the next week the river rose to bursting point in the latter half of April and has only just returned to normal.

We managed to find a sheltered spot in the grass for a customary brew, watching the kayakers on the river (must get round to a canoe trip with the kids on my local river sometime) before heading home.

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Afternoon tea

A fine walk on a cold spring day close to home, a little stocking filler between the adventure on Rum and the walks to follow

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Posted May 14, 2012 by surfnslide in Local Walks, Walking, Wye Valley

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  1. Lovely. As you know I’m extremely fond of that neck of the woods. Would like to take the kids to Goodrich castle. Symonds Yat is a good place to see Peregrines too (I know it’s a honey-pot.) (So much to pack in! And the kids will almost certainly want to spend some time just catching-up and playing.)
    No bluebells – but an early purple orchid and, oddly, some primulas (a garden plant).
    Is that J’s Mum with you? Haven’t seen her for yonks!
    I’m way behind too. Can’t be helped sometimes.

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    • They sometimes put on the old knights dressing-up, sword fighting stuff in holiday weeks so I’ll check that out. Good place for a day out and all the kids love castles. I’ve got loads of ideas for stuff to do when you visit, all we need is some decent weather 🙂

      That is Jane’s mum in the pictures by the way

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