A lovely walk at any time of year, but spectacular when the snowdrops are out.
by Steve Aston
Go for a walk in February or March, and you're in for a treat: the snowdrops are in their full glory at this time of year.
The walk between Sodam Mill and the Lodge House at the top end of Tortworth Lake is awash with snowdrops, the banks of the stream, the field edges and down into the woods. Many of you are probably local and know it well, but if like me you are new to the area or just visiting, then you should don your boots, and check it out. You will not be disappointed.
The walk takes me about an hour and a half but very much depends on how quickly or slowly you walk, and how many times you stop to watch the wildlife - maybe a nuthatch, a tree creeper, hares or a deer if you're quiet and lucky.
This route and many others can be found using an Ordnance Survey Map Explorer 167.
See this page for a map; the route forms a circuit around Wicks'/Butchers Hill.