It was a slightly overcast day and I loved the way the sun occasionally burst through the branches and leaves, bathing the forest floor and pathways in brilliant light, and making everything glow with a pale green luminescence.
This photograph is one of a set that I took on the same day, the complete collection can be browsed on Flickr at full resolution using the links below.
Badbury Clump is on top of Badbury Hill in Oxfordshire, which is in the civil parish of Great Coxwell near Faringdon in the English county of Oxfordshire and is one of the finest Bluebell Walks in Oxfordshire. In 1974 it was transferred from Berkshire.
Badbury Clump – Iron Age Hill Fort
The summit of the hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort known as Badbury Camp. It is roughly circular in shape, most of which was levelled early in the 19th century. It has been suggested as a possible site of the 5th or 6th century Battle of Mons Badonicus, where King Arthur defeated the Anglo-Saxons. It is now a wooded area, known locally as Badbury Clump, of roughly nine acres, swathed in bluebells in May and is a well-frequented local recreation area, for walkers and dog-owners. It is now in the care of the National Trust.
It is also frequented by mountain boarders and bikers who use the downhill course built into the side of the hill. This is maintained and improved by local mountain-board club MEBA with the permission of the Forestry Commission.
Photo’s of Badbury Clump
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These images are provided under the following Creative Commons licensing terms: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike – CC BY-NC-SA
Badbury Clump is also one of the locations featured in the Tip Tours project that I’m working on with best-selling author Joe St Clair, who shares his tip “Travel New Roads” with me in this video here: www.tiptours.co.uk/about/
Please feel free to download any of these photo’s of Bradbury Clump. I hope they inspire you to create your own watercolour painting to share with us here. Don’t forget to post links to your painting in the comments below so we can see what you’ve done – Many thanks