Fourteen members of Peterstow Women’s Institute travelled up to the Forest of Dean for a pre-tea afternoon walk. Our guide led them from the Speech House past the Royal Oaks and the Obelisk onto the Sculpture Trail. They stopped to admire The Window (Cathedral) a large stained glass exhibit that has been suspended from between two trees here since 1986. Several members asked about the Giant’s Chair (Place) and were disappointed to hear that it was burned during the winter. However they all enjoyed the visit to the secluded Woorgreens Lake and hearing how it came to be there and the strange story of the ornamental carp.
On returning to the Speech House everyone enjoyed a splendid cream tea.
Two men a woman and two dogs take a walk in the wet woodlands.
Two visitors, one from Cheltenham and one from South Wales together with their two dogs set out on the weekly walk from Whitemead with our guide despite a very unfavourable weather forecast.
The woodlands that a few short weeks ago were awash with bluebells are now filling with tall Ferns but it was a new arrival at the Flourmill steam engine restoration works that grabbed the attention of the walkers.
In the yard was a Churchward design freight tank locomotive 2-8-OT wheel arrangement, used extensively in South Wales coal trains, but could be found over the whole rail system. They also came through Lydney occasionally. It is 100 years old.
As promised by the weatherman, the heavens duly opened ensuring that everyone, men, women and dogs had a thorough soaking on the return to Whitemead.