Tag: woods

An Autumn Walk Through Red House Wood, Moor Monkton (Video)

A sunny Autumnal day, blue skies, still air and a freshness on the face. A perfect day for a woodland walk. The colours of the trees changing to browns, reds, yellows and the conifers holding firm with the green. I love walking at this time of year, the colours and weathers bring out even more motivation. Here is a video with a few clips of a local walk through Red House Wood, Moor Monkton, North Yorkshire. Red House Wood is one of those little woodlands that being unknown to many yet off the main roads can mean you get...

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Durham Dales: A Walk Through Slitt Wood

What a wonderful spot, situated in the heart of Weardale in the Durham Dales, Slitt Wood is a secret paradise to walk and not only take in the wealth of nature on offer but also some great deal of history from the area, a history that not only comprises industry of the last few hundred years but geology going back 320 million years. This is a start point also for a 3 mile circular walk full of such variety. Not too strenuous but a perfect way to see nature in full variety in this part of the Durham Dales....

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A Walk on the Wild Side…. In London’s Southwark Woods

I recently visited a pocket of London that remains wonderfully ‘wild’. A ‘secret’ woodland that delights local people and visitors alike. Locals have named them Southwark Woods – referring to an area of trees, wildflower lanes and common ground where nature has taken hold around Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries in Honour Oak, London. For a city where beautiful parks are usually kept neatly under control; this woodland has been left to grow ‘untamed’ around an old cemetery, untouched for many, many years. Here there are no manicured lawns or structured floral borders; this is a wild place –...

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Ashness Bridge and the Surprise View above

A Lake District view, that has to be said as one of the most popular to be seen in Cumbria. For those that visit Cumbria and peruse the postcard or calendar section in any of the shops, there is no doubt the image of Ashness Bridge, with Derwentwater and Skiddaw behind will be there…… What makes the view more popular is the fact that it does not force the view admirer to climb up to it. You can drive up direct to this old Grade II listed packhorse bridge, and especially in the Summer months the banks of the...

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Bluebells Revisited….

It was such a pleasure to photograph and blog about the beautiful native bluebells of Epping Forest last year. Judging by the comments, the little bell-shaped flowers really do seem to capture the imagination of young and old…. So this year – camera in hand – I trod lightly through the Spring forest again, to try and capture their transient beauty once more. Entering the bluebell wood, I was reminded how time can fly when strolling quietly along the paths between the flowers. When the sun shone brightly, the flowers would light up. Back-lit and hazy, their dreamy blue...

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A Winter Woodland

First the snow came as a light dusting, like icing on the twigs and branches.  Then overnight, the big flakes fell – snow on snow – and the forest was transformed…. Bony winter branches now weigh heavy beneath the snow as sunlight streams through the trees to a sparkling floor.  Like a magical icy kingdom, Epping Forest falls silent, muffled by undulating drifts. The silence is broken by the shrill squawks of magpies and jays.  They have discovered a pile of breadcrumbs left for them, a simple act of kindness.   In a time of food scarcity, such a feast...

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