Snakes On A Plain

My brother-in-law Matthew got a book for his birthday this year with some great wildlife experiences to have in the UK. One of these was to see the Snake’s Head Fritillary at North Meadow NNR at Cricklade in Wiltshire… looking at the photos in the book, I had to go. I knew Leigh would like the trip as we could combine it with looking at a few old Churches. Indeed one features in the classic North Meadow shot.

We took a steady drive down the Fosseway but as we arrived in Cricklade the heavens opened. Wildflower photography is probably best on an overcast day – not rain. After a while things dried up, not the wet meadow though and we were soon getting down and dirty(ish).

North Meadow NNR, Cricklade

Snake's Head Fritillary

Snake's Head Fritillary

Snake's Head Fritillary

After filling our boots on the wildflowers we headed off into town via the Fritillary Tea Rooms (if you do visit, please support them) spotting this rather large Ram by the road.

Ram Tam

Cricklade is an old Saxon town and is, they claim, the first town on the River Thames.

River Thames

St Mary's, Cricklade

St Sampson's, Cricklade

We moved on to Cirencester… not a nice town after Cricklade, don’t get me wrong it’s pretty but is full of ugly people – and I mean miserable, snotty people, some of whom were perfectly acceptable in the looks department. The Church of St John The Baptist though is a real gem and well worth a visit.

The Church of St John The Baptist, Cirencester

The Church of St John The Baptist, Cirencester

The Church of St John The Baptist, Cirencester

Our final stop was the, much more agreeable town of Tewkesbury for a visit to the magnificent Abbey… a real 5* gem.

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey

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One response to “Snakes On A Plain

  1. Hi John, Greeting from Cricklade. I have published your Blog/Link on the “Cricklade Bugle” Blog at http://www.crickladebugle.co.uk . If there is a problem I can easily remove it.
    Glad you enjoyed your visit to Cricklade.

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