From the edge of the woods the Bath-Freshford trains can be seen running past Claverton.  Here the railway squeezes between the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Avon river.

The Heart of Wessex railway website makes the route sound rather idyllic:

“The Heart of Wessex Line follows a beautiful 87 mile route through Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol. Our line runs through the old kingdom of the West Saxons, the ancient name of Wessex not heard again for centuries until poet and author Thomas Hardy recreated it as his “dream country”. The line is still a perfect way to go Far from the Madding Crowd, running from Bristol to the World Heritage City of Bath through the southern part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It then enters the deep, green Avon valley, winding between the river and Kennet & Avon canal and emerging onto the broad Wiltshire plains before reaching the cider orchards and distant honey coloured spires of Somerset. Then it traverses the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before sweeping over the South Dorset Downs to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Weymouth.”



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