The long trudge up the Great Road (an earth track) is rewarded by superb views across Weacombe Combe. Raven and Buzzard soar above and Sky Larks mock our earth-bound feet. Carrion Crow are also present. Listen out for the ‘chink’ of Stonechat and look out for the flash of a Wheatear’s white rump. On one occasion, much to our (and their) surprise, we put up a pair of Greenshanks, which took off like arrows across the heather beside Greenway Path, as we headed north off the Great Road.
1Smith’s Combe is a delightful oasis of sparkling water and broad-leaved trees. All the regular suspects are likely to be on offer. Look for birds such as Siskin, Robin, Blackbird and various tits. Also, with luck, you’ll find neat Grey Wagtail flitting around the stream. Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Goldcrest are all possibilities.
2Climbing back towards the trig point on Beacon Hill the path rises past a conifer plantation. Look for Lesser Redpoll cavorting in the canopy.