Visitors from California and Devon on a trip to the Forest.
On a beautiful, sunny, winter day, a group of friends from both sides of the Atlantic were shown three interesting sites in the Forest of Dean.
They first visited Dark Hill and heard about the work of David and Robert Mushet, pioneers in metallurgy while walking around the remains of the furnace and brickworks. The infamous high-profile trial of Beatrice Pace was mentioned before they spotted the Dark Hill bear and inspected the entrance to Mushet’s coal level.
Next was a visit to Devil’s Chapel where the guide recited the poem of the same name written by Gloucestershire poet F. W. Harvey. ‘Back in the day’, Harvey presided over concerts in the woodland here given by the Whitecroft Male Voice Choir.
Then came a visit to Lydney Harbour with the unusual stone compass and slowly disappearing skeletons of beached barges on the riverside. There were great views up and down the Severn Estuary and towards the Cotswolds across the water. Finally came a visit to Taurus Crafts – close to the site of the Roman temple to the god Nodens on Lydney Park Estate.
Six visitors and a black labrador called Aussie enjoyed a woodland walk near Parkend. Lack of frosts has lead to less intense colours so far this Autumn but the sunlight enhanced the golds and yellows that graced many of the trees.
Whitemead guests brave the heat on the Summer Solstice.
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.
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”.