Steve Banks

Steve Banks

Posted on 09/16/2014

Photo taken on August 11, 2014

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Barley and beyond

Barley and beyond
At this point, most of the Cherwell Valley is under the plough, a mixture of golden wheat and nut-brown barley. I wish I could say that the silence is being disturbed only by the birds and a distant train, but the M40 is right behind me, and it's doing me 'ead in! Still the view is wonderful with hawks hovering over the fields, rabbits and the odd fox and muntjac deer.

To the left the roof and chimneys can be seen of the cottage by Grant's Lock on the canal, along which there is an endless procession of boats. Next is the meandering river, over which the former Great Western Railway was built (nicely highlighted by a First Great Western train between Banbury and Didcot). The river is the county boundary so this view is half Oxfordshire, half Northamptonshire.

A little to the right but off-camera, is Twyford Wharf and Twyford Mill, and a certain bridge... :)

On the facing heights is the dominant feature from across the valley, the village of Warkworth and the spire of its 14th century church, St.Mary the Virgin.