Out & About – wild garlic & bluebells

Always take a British weather forecast with a pinch of salt! It’s a very British saying which means you can’t always trust the weather will do what’s forecast! Today’s forecast read as overcast and cloudy with rain showers. The reality on David’s and my walk today was very different. We had a dry day with beautiful sunny spells!

Today we were in Dorset and Wiltshire, two ancient and stunningly beautiful counties on our Wessex Ancient Kingdom inn to inn walking trail.

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April is here! I love walking at this time of year. When areas of woodland pop with indigo coloured bluebells and the pretty white star flowers of wild garlic. Both grow in carpets, swathes, creating streams of colour and wonderful smells as you walk. April and May are also super green months when spring brings the countryside to life with an amazing number of different shades of green in the countryside and hedgerows.

Today’s trail brought many highlights. North Dorset cottages with their flint and red brick and thatched roofs. Some of the thatchers created ducks or hares on top of the roofs. We paused for lunch at a farm cafe and shop. Here donkeys and chickens roamed with pygmy goats in the field next to the orchard where we ate.


The countryside was magnificent. Green, rolling with fabulous views. We saw two hares run across the fields and heard and saw buzzards fly and soar overhead. As the miles rolled by our spirits were lifted through the experience of being immersed in nature.

As the day neared it’s end we arrived to a 14th century country pub. Fairy lights were strung around the bar. Here we tucked into a British roast beef and roast lamb dinner with Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes! As we ate we talked over our days adventures and supped on beer and cider. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do it all again tomorrow!

– Written by founder, Alison Howell

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