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Photo-Album of Wansdyke
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  Mike Hansford - West Wansdyke

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Following Wansdyke down from the hillfort of Maes Knoll, July 2003.

West Wansdyke decsending to Norton Lane.
West Wansdyke decsending to Norton Lane. (click here to enlarge).

 

A nice shot of the bank, which is mostly hidden from view.
A nice shot of the bank, which is mostly hidden from view. (click here to enlarge).

 

Too bad there's no public footpath along this stretch.
Too bad there's no public footpath along this stretch. (click here to enlarge).

The images below were shot during a visit to West Wansdyke West of Cottle's Farm, along West Wansdyke on the stretch between Maes Knoll and the A37. It's difficult to see because there are other features in the landscape that are at right angles to Wansdyke in the foreground and background, Reminding one of how the 'Tump' at Maes Knoll is right angled to Wansdyke. According to the OS map, the railway crossed the A37 and onto the other side of this house so these landscape features traversing the picture left to right (North to South) are not the Railway or Wansdyke. April and May 2003.

Wansdyke close to New Barn Farm, coming down from Maes Knoll and crossing Norton Lane.
Wansdyke close to New Barn Farm, coming down from Maes Knoll and crossing Norton Lane. (click here to enlarge).

 

Looking approximately to the Southeast towards the house. Taken from the A38 in the layby as the A38 rises after coming down from Hursley Hill.
Looking approximately to the Southeast towards the house. Taken from the A37 in the layby as the A37 rises after coming down from Hursley Hill. (click here to enlarge).

 

This picture shows Wansdyke 'butted' up to the hedgerow close at the end of the house, it's course being East to West .
same spot, this picture shows Wansdyke 'butted' up to the hedgerow close at the end of the house, it's course being East to West. (click here to enlarge).

The images below were shot during a visit to West Wansdyke near Cottle's Farm, along the stretch between the A37 and Cottles Farm to Publow Lane that runs parallel to the A37, where Wansdyke disappears east towards Publow Hill. April 2003.

This picture is looking East. The bank of Wansdyke is to the right of the picture.
This picture is looking East. The bank of Wansdyke is to the right of the picture. (click here to enlarge).

 

The ditch of Wansdyke is all but filled in by slippage of the bank over 1300 - 1500 years of soil erosion. Looking east.
The ditch of Wansdyke is all but filled in by slippage of the bank over 1300 - 1500 years of soil erosion. Looking east. (click here to enlarge).

 

Same spot, looking west.
Same spot, looking west. (click here to enlarge).

Looking West along Wansdyke on the stretch between the A37 and Cottle's Farm to Publow lane that runs parallel to the A37.
Looking West along Wansdyke on the stretch between the A37 and Cottle's Farm to Publow lane that runs parallel to the A37. (click here to enlarge).

 

Same spot, looking east.
Same spot, looking east. (click here to enlarge).

 

The ditch in this picture is all but gone, silted up and trodden down by cows.
The ditch in this picture is all but gone, silted up and trodden down by cows. (click here to enlarge).

The images below were shot east of Stantonbury, at Corston, Pennsylvania Farm, Englishcombe and the woods west of Bath. 1996 And april 2003.

West Wansdyke view at South Corston a few miles west of Bath.
West Wansdyke view at South Corston a few miles west of Bath, 1996. (click here to enlarge).

 

Looking west to Pennsylvania Farm.
Looking west to Pennsylvania Farm. (click here to enlarge).

 

Another shot, a little further along Wansdyke, with the rising ground towards Corston.
Another shot, a little further along Wansdyke, with the rising ground towards Corston. (click here to enlarge).

These pictures show a very good section of West Wansdyke, approaching Englishcombe from the west. The view goes from Newton St Loe across Twerton to Englishcombe village.
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Looking NW to Newton St Loe.Looking NE to Twerton.In de ditch, with Englishcombe church visiblue due east.On top of the ridge lies Manor Farm

The images below were shot SW of Bath, when West wansdyke leaves Englishcombe on a course due south, through Breach Wood, heading for Odd Down. June 2003.

West Wansdyke inside Breach Wood
West Wansdyke inside Breach Wood. (click here to enlarge).

 

Heading for the south end of the wood.
Heading for the south end of the wood. (click here to enlarge).

 

Leaving Breach Wood, looking back north
Leaving Breach Wood, looking back north. (click here to enlarge).

Halfway along the track to Middle Wood, Wansdyke peters out in the field...
Halfway along the track to Middle Wood, Wansdyke peters out in the field... (click here to enlarge).

 

A low bank is all that remains.
A low bank is all that remains. (click here to enlarge).

 

Remains of Wansdyke seen heading for Middle Wood.
Remains of Wansdyke seen heading for Middle Wood. (click here to enlarge).

The images below were shot due south of Bath, where West wansdyke crosses Odd Down in a straight line. Wansdyke ends at Cross Keys on the B3110. June & August 2003.

Wansdyke on Odd Down close to Cross Keys, looking back west.
Wansdyke on Odd Down close to Cross Keys, looking back west. (click here to enlarge).

 

Although sadly unknown to the locals, at least there's a sign...
Although sadly unknown to the locals, at least there's a sign... (click here to enlarge).

 

Remains of Wansdyke seen through a fence at Cross Keys, Combe Down.
Remains of Wansdyke seen through a fence at Cross Keys, Combe Down. (click here to enlarge).

Copyright 2003, Mike Hansford. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Comments to: Mike Hansford.


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