Taking The Path Up Windmill Hill ~ Keep Up At The Back Please!

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It’s a place for all seasons, and only a few minutes walk from our house. There are several approaches but I’ll take you up the Linden Walk that runs beside the old railway line. To the left lies the Linden aka Gaskell Field, now the town’s main recreation ground, and site of the annual Wenlock Olympian Games since the 1850s.

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Near the top of the Linden Walk there is a parallel avenue of conifers. At the end turn left by the seat. In fact follow that chap in the brown coat. He knows where he’s going.

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The path next takes you briefly along the wooded flanks of Shadwell Quarry. On the left as you go, at the top of the Linden Field, is a fine parade of oaks planted in the late nineteenth century to commemorate various Olympian Games doings. Watch out for the squirrels.

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The path up the hill is quite steep. In winter the limestone meadow looks like this:

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And like this:

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But in early summer it’s a riot of orchids, lady’s bedstraw, clover, wild thyme, vetches, agrimony and St. John’s Wort:

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And in late summer it’s the grasses’ turn to flower:

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But whatever the season, if it’s not too windy, there’s a good place to sit and admire the view:

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Square Up #22

25 thoughts on “Taking The Path Up Windmill Hill ~ Keep Up At The Back Please!

  1. I love your home town. One day, you will walk us along these paths and then we can all go into town and I’ll treat for tea and sticky buns!
    Smashing post and lovely photos.

  2. Too late! We’ve just done a 2 hour up hill down dale around our lanes and my feet are tired. I don’t mind Ark’s suggestion though. Wonder if he’d mind me gatecrashing? 🙂 🙂 And yes, those wildflowers are lovely.

      1. It’s funny that when you are doing a photo challenge suddenly you start seeing things differently – like this month I am noticing ups and browns everywhere.

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