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Name:Bathford Hill
Hill number:5396
Height:205m / 673ft
Parent (Ma):2869  Cleeve Hill
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Wiltshire (CoU)
Catchment:Avon (Bristol)
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
Grid ref:ST 79471 66066
Summit feature:ground within 2m of tower (Brown's folly)
Col:104m  ST868710  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 172
(1:25k) 155
Observations:LIDAR suggests possibly slightly higher ground in woodland 35-70m north
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Mrs Anchovy took M and X up to the woods today and they gave her a bit of a tour around their favourite places including the fort, the mine entrance beneath the folly, the folly and then the various fun places in Hobhouse Wood. I went up separately for an hour or so and met them in Hobhouse after going past the folly myself. First large skipper of the year.Herbert Anchovy29/05/2020
Both M and X again today. Visited the mine entrance below the folly and discovered the grille can be removed. A fair drop on the other side but looks doable. Will be interesting to see where it joins to the rest of the mine. Then visited the folly and then wandered around the Hobhouse wood. First meadow brown of the year.Herbert Anchovy28/05/2020
Only M today as X not feeling well. Went up to the folly and then along to the Pooley Pond above Sheep Leaze Wood. Then headed south, off path, to the ruined dry stone wall that forms the southern boundary of the reserve, west into Sharp Leaze Wood and then back north through the big coppiced area to the pond. Another lovely hot day.Herbert Anchovy27/05/2020
Up to the folly and then down the Farleigh Church path to the Prigley style and then north to the wych elm tree swing in Mountain Wood.Herbert Anchovy26/05/2020
Solo run same as 17 May but very hot and probably much slower. Met the B family walking up the Ashley path towards Lower Kingsdown. Today's family walk was along the River Avon and lanes at Conkwell and Dundas.Herbert Anchovy25/05/2020
Entered the mines through the Shakespeare entrance. Visited the stable, St Paul’s, the loading bay, prop chamber, the well and the three troughs. Exited through muddy hole where we met a couple of blokes about to go in. Home via the folly. Earlies met the V family and KB on Fluesters Road.Herbert Anchovy24/05/2020
From the folly descended through the coppice to Prigley and Mountain Wood. Tried out a new path on the way which led to Pooley’s Pond and a vast beech. In Prigley Wood we modified the Goblin Camp and then played on a newly found rope swing hanging from a large wych elm in Mountain Wood. Home via Breach.Herbert Anchovy23/05/2020
Birthday walk out to the folly and then Sally in the Woods. Back along low path to Warleigh Rocks/Yew Council. Bumped into X’s old guitar teacher and family on Fluesters Road.Herbert Anchovy22/05/2020
Found an amazing Ewok house / den in Mountain Wood. Plus usual folly visit.Herbert Anchovy21/05/2020
Another variation on our usual folly visit.Herbert Anchovy20/05/2020
Folly visited with M and X as usual.Herbert Anchovy19/05/2020
Walked past the school to see the post apocalyptic state of the playground. Then up to the woods and folly via the Prigley entrance.Herbert Anchovy18/05/2020
Solo run along the old Ashley Turnpike to Lower Kingsdown Road, path to Monkton F, road to Sally in the Woods, high path to folly and then zig zagged down to Fluesters Road and home. 53.36 min. Narrowly avoided stepping on a basking slow worm. Didn't bring the children up to the woods today - we went down to the Farleigh Down siding and up the 1.2 mile long WW2 tunnel as far as the wall at the top.Herbert Anchovy17/05/2020
Joined by Mrs Anchovy for a picnic on the rocks below the folly followed by a walk down to Sally in the Woods and then on paths from Dry Arch through Pinckney Green and Monkton Farleigh. Mrs A looked for evidence of dead ancestors in MF churchyard and then back along the road. Browne’s Folly car park and the road outside was packed. Everyone coming out now that some restrictions being lifted. Met the V family at top of Prospect Place.Herbert Anchovy16/05/2020
Fiftieth folly visit of lockdown (for me at least, 49th for M and X). Through Breach and over the fence into Mountain Wood. Then up, mostly off path, to the alternative summit and then folly. Continued exploring along the escarpment in the trees, M and X trying not to be seen. Found the missing grill that had been removed from Shakespeare’s entrance.Herbert Anchovy14/05/2020
Went to see if we could find any evidence of the old stone wharf at the top of High Street (we decided we could). Then followed paths through Ashley Wood until we came out near Farleigh Rise. Then through the Hobhouse Wood to to the folly and then home.Herbert Anchovy13/05/2020
Meg limping and carried her part of the way. Folly first then big tree and other rope swings at Camp Circus. Sun back, nice afternoon.Herbert Anchovy12/05/2020
Cold and windy so decided to have some under cover exercise. Entered the mine through the Shakespeare entrance and meandered along to the stable and then up to St Paul’s. Exited the same way, up the steps, turned left to the folly and then home.Herbert Anchovy11/05/2020
Took Mrs Anchovy on a tour of some of our favourite places including the big trees at the upper end of Prigley Wood, the grassland and scrub, the yew trees and giant boulders near Sally in the Woods, the folly and the big beech in the Hobhouse Wood. Breezy and cooler which meant less groups of young males roaming the woods ignoring social distancing rules.Herbert Anchovy10/05/2020
Encountered the V family on the Fluesters path again. Very odd to keep seeing them, especially as it’s usually on the same stretch of path. To the grassland area and then the folly. Then to the big tree (a beech - 301 years old apparently) in the Hobhouse Wood for a bit of rope swinging. No less than three rope swings there now. Hot and the crowds were out ignoring social distancing rules. Young males mostly.Herbert Anchovy09/05/2020
More tree measurements at upper end of Prigley. Then to camp.Herbert Anchovy08/05/2020
Through Breach again and up through Prigley for more fun with the rope. Then up to the folly where we met the caretaker who had just finished picking up broken glass and cleaning graffiti off the folly.Herbert Anchovy07/05/2020
Main route up to the folly and then along to the old yews SE of Gully Wood to do some tentative age calculations. One had a diameter of 4.13 m which, depending on the method you use makes it either 390 or 500 years old. Scrambled up again finding some new caves (gulls?) on the escarpment. Then back along the middle path. On the way up we measured the big ash at the top of Prigley Wood - 4.03 metres so potentially about 221 years old using John White’s method.Herbert Anchovy06/05/2020
Through Breach field to the meadow east of Dovers Park. Over the fence and then up through Mountain Wood and Prigley Wood to join the usual path and main route to the folly. Returned to Prigley Wood where the children invented new ways to have fun with a length of rope.Herbert Anchovy05/05/2020
Up to folly and then to see the extraordinary ammo shell canyon - a load of old ammunition cases dumped in an old mine entrance.Herbert Anchovy04/05/2020
Up to the folly and then along to the big rocks SE of Gully Wood with its lovely old yew trees and giant boulders.Herbert Anchovy03/05/2020
Similar to last Saturday but Mrs Anchovy joined us, we didn’t go in a mine and we went via Monkton Farleigh rather than Farleigh Rise. Bumped into the V family yet again, just outside MF. Unpleasant encounter with an aggressive mountain biker on the Ashley path.Herbert Anchovy02/05/2020
Same chilly breeze but a bit of sun at least. Folly and then back to the tree swings.Herbert Anchovy01/05/2020
Another cold blustery walk. Met the V family on the way up but socially distanced and we diverged up to the folly. Then descended to the lower slopes with the coppice wigwams and the lovely ground flora. Getting a bit brambly in places.Herbert Anchovy30/04/2020
Chilly and breezy. To the folly, the swings and back through Christmas to the Fluesters path to Prospect Place. Met the V family coming up.Herbert Anchovy29/04/2020
First damp day for a while. Up to the folly then descended via the Big Ash through Prigley Wood to the Prigley entrance and then home. No swinging or tree climbing for a change. Estimated we've spent over 50 hours in the wood since lock down!Herbert Anchovy28/04/2020
X’s birthday woodland visit. M and X climbed a large beech near the folly and then a spot of rope swinging.Herbert Anchovy27/04/2020
Up to the folly first. Pleased to see the dog had gone - hopefully safely rescued. Day before X's 10th birthday and for his Covid 19 birthday treat he wanted to go down a mine. So chose Muddy Hole by the Big Beech which we hadn't explored properly. Crawled through the tiny hole and probably spent an hour underground. Found Clapham Junction and some old miner's graffiti. Fabulous! Also first green-veined white and green hairstreaks of the year.Herbert Anchovy26/04/2020
Took the Ashley Road up to Kingsdown, stopping to explore some of the mines opposite the Swan. Then took path towards Monkton Farleigh, turned right towards Farleigh Rise, explored a WW2 ammunition unloading depot and then into the woods and up to the folly. Fire Brigade out in force as there was a cocker spaniel stuck at the top of the folly. It had been there for two hours. The firemen wouldn't go up the tower (too dangerous apparently) and couldn't get their long ladders to the tower either.Herbert Anchovy25/04/2020
Scrambled up some rocks in the grassland area rather than taking the path. Spotted some very early dingy skippers, a relatively rare species in the Bath area and one I've not seen before at this site. Also a slow worm which X spotted crossing the path.Herbert Anchovy24/04/2020
Entered through the Prigley entrance and took the middle path up from there. Lots of three-cornered garlic in flower at the bottom. M climbed miles up a beech tree - quite scary for me watching but she is apparently fearless.Herbert Anchovy23/04/2020
Went up through the fields at the back of the house and over a fence into the wood. Then steeply up onto the top end of the normal entry path, then the folly and then to the rope swings.Herbert Anchovy22/04/2020
Similar to yesterday but folly first. One of the ropes snapped dumping the boy onto his backside. Lovely sunny day but a slightly chilly breeze.Herbert Anchovy21/04/2020
Met John again, this time without son. Third time in a week I think. More rope swinging (even I had a go) then rushed home via the folly when we realised Meg had a piano lesson.Herbert Anchovy20/04/2020
Sun was back. Mrs Anchovy accompanied us today for a walk up to the folly and out to Sally in the Woods. Showed her a couple of caves and 5 LHBs. Had lunch in front of a cave with the children sitting in a tree. Took a low path back that we had not tried before. M tried a bit of bouldering and it looks like others have too, judging by the chalk marks. The track fizzled out into a faint path and then disappeared altogether. Ended up in a coppiced area with lovely bluebell display. Occasional rough ground and brambles - Mrs A not impressed! Flushed out a muntjac.Herbert Anchovy19/04/2020
With M & X. More rope swinging and log bridge walking. Tried out a new plant ID app. Seemed to work fairly well. Met the V family again on the way down.Herbert Anchovy18/04/2020
To the folly, then the big beech, then camp and then Christmas. Lots of fun activities for M and X. Rather more standing about for me. Met Mrs B and H.Herbert Anchovy17/04/2020
Did a bit more tree ID (looked at sallow, elm, dogwood and wayfaring tree) with M and X, went up to folly and then up to the area M and X call Christmas to try out a different rope swing and log bridge.Herbert Anchovy16/04/2020
Walked down to Sally in the Woods and back via the folly. With M and X.Herbert Anchovy15/04/2020
Bumped into the V family in the same place as yesterday. Walked up to folly and from there took the high path to Sally in the Woods, exploring a couple of new caves on the way. Two lesser horseshoe bats in one of them and a geocache in another. Never done geocaching but now M wants to download the app and do a bit more. From Sally we cut down to the Warleigh road and walked home along the lane.Herbert Anchovy13/04/2020
Met V family on way up. Some chap playing loud music and dancing on top of a rock in the grassland area. With M and X. The long sunny spell continues.Herbert Anchovy12/04/2020
Greater horseshoe bat still in fungus face’s cave. First speckled wood of the year. With M and X.Herbert Anchovy11/04/2020
More tree swinging with M and X plus the obligatory visit to the folly. Also visited the alternative summit area - among brambles next to a wall I think.Herbert Anchovy10/04/2020
X in charge today. Ended up on the same rope swings as yesterday. M did some impressive tree climbing - coconut tree style.Herbert Anchovy08/04/2020
Today’s walk chosen by M. Lots of time on some rope swings with the Flying Horse. Met our neighbours for the second evening running collecting firewood.Herbert Anchovy07/04/2020