Summer Solstice in the Forest of Dean

Whitemead guests brave the heat on the Summer Solstice.

A photo of the Sundial at Ruardean Church
Above: the sundial at nearby Ruardean church, Gloucestershire with the latin inscription Lux Umbra Dei. The English inscription The Royal Path of Time is not a translation!

Fifteen Guests from Boundless (formerly C.S.M.A.) at Whitemead and a Terrier dog enjoyed a Woodland Walk from Parkend on the summer’s hottest day to date. The walk started just before 10am – that’s more than 5 hours after sunrise on the longest day of the year.

To counter the sun, there was plenty of shade provided by the trees lining the Forest tracks. The guests enjoyed seeing the wild roses that bloom on the New Fancy Viewpoint and hearing the croak of a lone Raven perched high in a tree.

Improvements are currently being made to the vehicle access to the Whitemead grounds.

Whitemead guests visit New Fancy Viewpoint

Whitemead guests enjoy the view from New Fancy.

A photo of Whitemead guests at New Fancy Viewpoint in May 2017
Whitemead guests at New Fancy Viewpoint in May 2017

A 7.5 Km walk failed to deter these young visitors to Whitemead. After inspecting the Geomap, the guests watched a pair of Swifts high above the viewpoint. A bird-watcher described the habits of the Swifts and told us how they spent much of their lives “on the wing”.

A Spring walk from Whitemead

Dust off your boots, Spring is on the way.

A large group of visitors to Whitemead set out on a woodland walk on the first day of Spring led by one of our guides.

A photo of Unusual wild boar mootings
Unusual wild boar mootings

They soon passed some unusual wild boar mootings, much more extensive than the usual turning over of turf, before setting off into the woodland. They were all eager to find out about the wild boar, the free roaming sheep and the Forest of Dean customs.

The weather remained dry and the group was welcomed back to Parkend by the sound of a woodpecker near to Parkend Pike House.

New Years Day 2017 – walk from Whitemead.

New Year’s Day in the Forest of Dean woodlands.

A photo of Rain over the Forest of Dean
Rain over the Forest of Dean

Despite the rain, guests staying at Whitemead, Parkend enjoyed a woodland walk on New Year’s Day morning. The guests came from as close as Bristol and as far away as Kent to spend their holiday at Whitemead in the Forest of Dean. The rain had made it a little muddy underfoot but the guests were well prepared and were game for the minor ups and downs of the 3 mile walk led by our guide.

Boxing Day walk at Clearwell

Tudor Farmhouse guests enjoy a Boxing Day walk.

A photo of St Peter's church, Clearwell
St Peter’s church, Clearwell

A group of 13 visitors to the Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell took advantage of the fine weather on the Boxing Day guided walk around the village of Clearwell. Our guide showed them some of the interesting features of the village  while avoiding the muddy footpaths. A house owner helpfully added their knowledge to that of the guide to provide an insight into the hospital that once served the village.