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New Places – Seager Hill   14 comments

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Time to head back out on my quest for new and less walked hills courtesy of my new found interest in the list of Marilyns.

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This time my poring over maps found Seager Hill in what looked like a fairly nondescript corner of Herefordshire. There were paths marked but no rights of way so I was keen to avoid any “get off my land” encounters. In the end I saw no-one at all.

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It had been dank and dreary weekend and even the slight lifting in the gloom engendered low hopes for anything other than an excuse for a bit of fresh air and exercise. A short steep climb from the road had me on top of the ridge which was open with surprisingly good views across the Herefordshire countryside towards the Malverns.

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The area is clearly very much dedicated to the shooting fraternity judging by the viewing seat above and the hundreds of pheasants I startled on my walk.

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As I walked past the Trig pillar and on past the highest point, ticking my list as I went, the skies began to clear a little and there were some broad shots of sunlight. I hadn’t expected to see any sun so was lifted by this positive turn in weather.

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I dropped down into the forest to try and make something of a circuit but it was boggy and wet with deeply rutted tracks that were hard to walk on.

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On my way back up the sunshine was catching this autumnal bush perfectly making it look like fire.

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When I was back on the ridge there was a large patch of blue and a pretty decent setting sun.

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A view back along the ridge.

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I was amazed at my luck again. From a walk designed merely to take a stroll for some fresh air in new surroundings I had a pretty superb finish to the day.

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The walk along the ridge was a pleasure, having it all to myself made it even better.

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Every gap in the trees gave a new view of the setting sun and pink clouds.

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The walk back down through the forest was muddy and a bit of a pain but worth it to make a decent circular walk to fill a couple of hours.

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Just short of 4 miles over an hour or so that rescued a dreary weekend of domestic chores and playing with my new smart home kit. Life is full of delights, planned and otherwise.

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