1998-04-07 Churchill Circuit

Tuesday 7th April 1998 10:00

Walking track by Ivor Hutchinson

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Mostly sunny; shower at Membury. Rumbles of thunder. Muddy. Birding walk. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker up from Undercleave; cormorant up then down R. Yarty; curlew heard along Yarty; Blackcap singing before Churchill - very melodious and fluty, and hoped for Nightingale! Electric fence to straddle after Undercleave: strip of plastic over one section. Path unclear at Yarty Farm: map path goes up ditch E of farm but quickly overgrown - now routed W through farmyard. Path closed at Waterhouse Farm: diversion was NE of farm, but not indicated by diversion notice. Path through Brinscombe Copse very enclosed and eroded. Intended path route E from Twist unclear so took road to Churchill, cutting off last corner via marked field path.