In Cricklade

Cricklade, Wiltshire

By Emma Kirkup

After having just failed to find the Fritillaries on my visit to Lower Moor Farm (see my previous blog) I headed to Cricklade – the first town on the River Thames.

Cricklade is famed for its Snakeshead fritillaries that adorn the North Meadow usually from late April. Being a little bit early for the season I headed into the town’s information centre on the High Street to see what the situation was. Unfortunately, due to the recent rain the meadow has become boggy and although there are a couple of fritillaries out, Natural England were looking to temporarily close the meadow until the water levels have subsided a bit. However, visitors looking to head here can keep an eye on the Fritillary watch website which will detail when the meadow will be reopened and how well the meadow is doing.

Cricklade High Street

So, although I still didn’t have any Fritillary success I made time to wander along the pretty High Street checking out the architecture of some of the cottages (as well as choosing which one I’d live in!) and admiring the spring flowers and blossoms adorning the pavement along the street.

Cricklade was also my lunch stop for the day and I popped into a family-owned shop where everyone was so friendly and welcoming, in fact the same could be said about all of the locals that I met on my visit.

River Thames, Cricklade

My final stop here was at the bridge over the River Thames. It’s quite crazy to think that this relatively small river becomes such an iconic landmark of our capital city! Keen walkers may also want to walk the Thames Path which crosses through the town (although good boots would be highly recommended at the moment as it is very muddy in places).

If you fancy staying in the area then there are a couple of places within the area including the Red Lion Inn (pictured below) with its own microbrewery - great for a stop for walkers doing the Thames Path.

Red Lion, Cricklade


Cricklade Town Centre (C) Chris Lock

Looking to visit the amazing town of Cricklade?...If so, click here to get the latest Cricklade tourist information direct from the official Wiltshire tourism site!



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