Shoreham Woods – Peace & Quiet

We occasionally go walking in Shoreham Woods, but much of it is quite noisy due to the adjacent M25. However, with lockdown, there is very little traffic and the woods were nice and peaceful:

It’s also one of the best places to see bluebells at this time of year:

Rocco of course likes wearing himself out chasing sticks:

And paths that are horrible and slippery during the winter are nice and dry:

We went a slightly different way today, and looking back you can see the phone mast at the top of the hill badly disguised as a tree:

And in close up – whoever designed the fake tree has no idea what a deciduous tree looks like:

Next is Polhill Bank, where the ground slopes down from the North Downs to the Weald. Rocco does like carrying a pair of sticks as a large X:

The railway line comes out of the tunnel under Polhill here:

and it’s a lovely spot to sit and watch the world not go by:

By this time, Rocco is often thirsty, but he remembered a water trough just off the path. The water level was a bit low for him to reach, but he solved the problem in typical Labrador fashion:

Then more nice paths and bluebells on the way back to the car:

A lovely walk in warm sunshine. Worth driving a few miles on empty roads!

Priory Gardens

Rocco has cut his paw, so I was on my own for the morning walk. One bonus was that I could walk through the “Dog Free” part of Priory Gardens, which were lovely in the spring sunshine.

The pond was looking good as well, nice and clean!

Bluebells

I went for a walk in Shoreham Woods yesterday, and the bluebells were superb.

As a bonus, all the paths were dry – I think this is the first time I’ve noticed this here. It’s certainly been a dry spring!

 

Wild Garlic

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Pondwood is part of the National Trust woodland at Petts Wood. There was a major clearance of sycamore trees during Autumn 2011, which left large areas of this wood clear.

This spring, these areas are full of bluebells and wild garlic – the latter I never remember seeing here in such large quantities.