The morning looked dull with skies full of potential rain, so we waited until after lunch for today’s walk. As it happened, the morning rain was sparse and short lived. But our afternoon saunter found us in a world full of contrasts in both light and shade and colour. Parts of the woodland have turned but other parts are still very green.
I was feeling a little short on energy, so we took a relatively easy route initially. But we always like to challenge ourselves and decided to ascend one of the shorter valleys. From the slope up there, we could look back on the facing slope of another valley at right angles to the one we climbed. The variety of trees there illustrated the many different colours now on show in the forest.
We finished the climb and then took some of the wider trails, including a forest road that rises and falls in slow, gentle undulations. Our favourite track back down we deemed too slippery with last night’s copious rain to risk, so we took a more roundabout trail to descend, taking us past a semipermanent large puddle that often serves as a breeding place for newts in the spring. It was full, but devoid of new life at this time of the year, of course.
We passed that and descended a steep track where we had once met a family of wild boar. They had stood on the crest of the rise, looking down at us, while we stood at the foot of the track looking up at them. Today, we saw plenty of evidence of their work, digging for acorns, hazelnuts, beech mast and sweet chestnuts along the sides of many tracks and in the adjacent woodland floor, but none of the beasts themselves.
Our final stage took us along the dark vale where the boar have a favourite wallowing place. Recent rain has left that track very boggy now, but our boots coped well with the mud. And we ended the walk along the flatter, wider path that follows the line of the old railway line. A good walk, covering 3 miles, with total climbs of 130 feet. Hope you enjoy the pictures I took along this walk today.
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