A wet walk to Bream

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.

A photo of The Churchward 2-8-0 loco which is now at The Flourmill for restoration
The Churchward 2-8-0 loco which is now at The Flourmill

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.

Drier underfoot at last

A photo of 22 walkers on a walk from Whitemead
Walkers on the weekly Whitemead walk.

After months of wet weather with muddy paths and tracks the  forest has dried out very well over the last few days. This group of  22 walkers were able to keep their boots clean on a circular walk to Bream. The group included some keen cyclists and some visitors who were very pleased with the facilities in the new glampimg pods. Several visitors had seen wild  boar in the last few days.

Water everywhere and a dramroad tunnel

A photo of a dramroad tunnel on the Oakwood dramroad.
Photo of a partly obscured dramroad tunnel mentioned in the walk.

Two guests from Whitemead took part in the weekly walk. Heavy rain during the night left streams of water running in places that they do not normally run – over footpaths and along cycle tracks.

The guests had noticed mention of Warren James in a local pub – so the guide was able to show them example of old enclosure boundaries of the type that Warren James and others had broken open. They were also surprised when shown the dramroad tunnel that they had unknowingly just walked over.

Where does all the water go?

A photo of water leaving Lydney Harbour by flowing over the lockgates.
Water leaving Lydney Docks

Two guests from Whitemead and a King Charles Spaniel were not deterred by an adverse weather forecast and joined our guided woodland walk.  Due to recent rainfall plenty of water was encountered on the walk.

All this water has to go somewhere and much of the water from the Parkend area joins the river Lyd and ends up in nearby Lydney Harbour. Occasionally the volume of water exceeds the normal overflow and rushes over the lock gates into the river Severn as in the recent photo above.