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 theĀ 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.