Close to Finchampstead Ridges, you can't help but notice a tree-lined avenue leading downhill. The enormous trees are giant sequoia. They used to be called wellingtonias but were renamed. Here's a National Trust link which explains how the trees arrived in England from California and why the name was changed.
They were planted along the Avenue in the 1860s by John Walter III of Bearwood House, MP and grandson of the founder of The Times newspaper, in memory of the recently deceased Duke of Wellington. They lead from the Ridges to Wellington College although nowadays modern buildings have been built in the way of the view.
Oh for some blue sky! Apologies.
Here's a link to a charming photo from the 1870s when the trees had only been recently planted
There are over 100 trees along the road. They can reach 95m high and 12m in diameter, are the largest tree by volume in the world and can live for 3,200 years.
Despite all this grandeur, I was surprised that the cones were so small!
Bye for now