21 April 2016 Wootton Bridge

Ann guided this walk that met at Wooton Bridge.

We walked north up the road and turned off onto the old railway line.  After a few yards we took a path on the left which led across Hag  Hill towards the road just north of Setthorns Camp.  Few flowering plants were showing but there were many Dog Violets.  We heard and saw Stonechats (below) and a Swallow flew over.

Stonechat - male
After crossing the road, walking down Horseshoe Bottom and partway up Hincheslea Hill we stopped for a few minutes in a spinney before continuing eastwards towards the crossing over White Moor.  This was still muddy and wet after the recent rains.  We regained the old railway line where there were many Primroses (below),  possibly due to a previous crossing keepers house, although no evidence of this remains.  We continued on the hard going of the railway, noting the very wet conditions on the south side of the line.