Lost in Caves and Under Canopies

by | Apr 13, 2018 | Photography | 0 comments

Lost in Caves and Under Canopies РA few days in the Forest of Dean 

A breath of fresh, countryside air was perhaps just the right thing after a crazy 10 days at NSDF in Leicester. It was a chance to delight in simple pleasures away from the busyness of usual life; we went on walks, played board games and celebrated my Granddad’s 80th with all the family (15 of us made for a very lively house!). I even managed to squeeze in a bit of writing for some new projects I’ve been thinking about.

The Forest of Dean is a perfect ‘middle of nowhere’ type place for a holiday, where you really can appreciate the space and nature around you. For us, there were some nostalgic sights as it was a place my grandparents camped with my mum, aunts and uncle. When I was 7 we also stayed there so there were areas we revisited and could recall fond memories. The weather was variable and not always great for capturing the sights and landscapes nevertheless here’s my ‘photo diary’ of our time there.

 

Lost in Caves and Under Canopies – A Photo Diary

 

Walk No.1 – In and around Whitemead Forest Park

We started one of our walks at Whitemead, a forest park where you can camp or stay in a lodge. From here we walked through nearby woods, past a small station, stopped at a cafe before walking back.

Puzzlewood

A maze of pathways through rich green woodland and rock formations. A place of ‘magical’ memories and enchanting scenery used in programmes such as Merlin. A fabled forest that inspired JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Puzzlewood is all these things.

Clearwell Caves

A winding underground cavern where for thousands of years ochre and iron ore has been mined.

Walk No.2 – Symonds Yat
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