A walk at Badbury Rings

Friday 22nd August 2014

I like to mix our walks up a bit, both for the dogs’ sake and for mine. So this morning we went to Badbury Rings for our walk. Once again, I took the EOS 6D with the 70-300mm lens on it to try and get some different shots. I’m quite pleased with what I ended up with.

As we entered the Rings from the car park I realised that the cows were alongside the path we were going to take, which is not too big a problem, although Max does like to bark at them. However, as long as I walk on and call he he normally follows after about a minute or so, which is what happened today. Many of them were lying down in the long grass, which gave me the opportunity to get this shot, which I have called ‘No place to hide’.

No place to hide

On the other side of the path, where the Point to Point racing is held, the field has been harvested and wild flowers have grown along the margins, making a lovely colourful, yet stripy effect.

Stripes

There were more stripes a bit further along, where the farmer had again cut the crop and was gathering up the bales of hay.

Hay Made

This is also the section of path where all of the wild honeysuckle grows. It has gone to seed now, giving a wonderful, blowsy effect.

Wild Honeysuckle

We continued our walk on round, past the Oaks and back to High Wood, where I picked a few blackberries (although there are hardly any there), and then came back to the Rings. There are notices on the entrances saying they are spraying all of the brambles on top of the Rings and advising dog owners to walk around the outside which we did. It did mean that I spotted quite a few delicate little Harebells though.

Harebell

Then Jez went to say ‘Hello’ to some people who were sitting on the top of the outer ring. The woman asked if she was friendly, and I said ‘Yes, very’ at which point a previously unseen Jack Russell flew at Jez from nowhere and attacked her. Poor little soul wasn’t standing for that and soon put the dog in its place (which sounds and looks a lot worse than it is, as she never hurts the other dog on such occasions). The woman seemed to think Jez was to blame for ‘invading their territory’. I pointed out she was in the middle of a large, open, public space and that perhaps she should consider muzzling her dog given how aggressive it is. Needless to say we did not see eye to eye on this one.

So I took Jez on. She was clearly a bit upset as she initially refused treats, but this photo was taken a couple of minutes later and you can see that she seems to have settled down again and is looking happy.

Looking back

So this stupid woman and her very aggressive dog managed to spoil the end of a very pleasant walk. We tried not to let it upset us too much though.

A year ago today

We were on another part of the National Trust Kingston Lacy estate, at the River Stour at Cowgrove, where the cows had come down to the river for a drink.

Time for a drink

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