A sunny day in October

Nine walkers from Whitemead at the New Fancy Viewpoint.
9 walkers from Whitemead at the New Fancy Viewpoint.

Thirteen walkers from Whitemead, Parkend, took advantage of a very sunny morning to walk to New Fancy viewpoint and back.  They were rewarded by excellent visibility but noticed that tree growth is beginning to obscure much of the view.

Much evidence was seen of ‘mooting’ by the feral wild boar which according to a recent newspaper article have reached a population of 1,500.

Caulkheads and Overners visit the Forest and Wye Valley

A photo of Visitors from the Isle of Wight taking a lunch stop at Lydbrook.
Visitors from the Isle of Wight taking a lunch stop at Lydbrook.

Ramblers from the Isle of Wight visited the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Our guides prepared and lead them on a shorter and longer walk.  One group visited the Buckstone, the Suckstone and Near Hearkening Rock. They then crossed the Wye at the Biblins suspension bridge and again on the rope ferry at Symonds Yat before ascending to Symonds Yat Rock.

The second group first walked through the Forest from Beechenhurst Visitor Centre to Lydbrook passing plenty of evidence of recent boar activity. They visited some exhibits on the Sculpture Trail, looked down on the site of Trafalgar colliery, where electricity was first used in a mine and found out the origin of the name Piano Corner. After traversing Astonbridge Hill Inclosure they descended to Lower Lydbrook from Joys Green where they took lunch at the riverside.

After lunch was a complete contrast with a pleasant riverside walk passing the Black Bridge and the former Cable Works, then an ascent past Rosemary Topping via a section of Offa’s Dyke. Accompanied by pheasants they crossed fields from Bicknor Court to Symonds Yat Rock.

All the Caulkheads (natives of the Isle of Wight) and Overners (non-native Isle of Wight residents) took in the world famous viewpoints at Symonds Yat Rock before returning to their hotel the St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

Warm weather in September

Guests from Whitemead visit New Fancy.

A photo of A group of guests from Whitemead at the Geomap at New Fancy
A group of guests from Whitemead visit the Geomap at New Fancy

A group of 9 guests and Queenie the dog from Whitemead took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to walk to New Fancy and back to Parkend. As can be seen in the foreground of the photo, the feral wild boar have also visited the Geomap at New Fancy.

The white line running down the Geomap represents the South Wales to Gloucester railway line which will be much busier for the next few weeks while work takes place in the Severn Rail Tunnel.  The tunnel is currently closed while work to electrify the London to South Wales line is carried out. It is due to be closed until October 21st.

The guests visited the New Fancy viewpoint to be greeted by hazy air which diminished the views a little. The views are also becoming more and more obscured by tree growth as time goes by.

The walkers continued back to Whitemead via the family cycle trail.

An article on New Fancy, written by Pete Ralph appears in the latest edition of the New Regard, the journal of the Forest of Dean Local History Society.