Autumn view of Bream

Walkers from Whitemead, Parkend took an autumn guided walk to Bream and back.

A photo of Bream village looking across the oakwood valley.
A photo of Bream village as seen in summer.

Seven walkers from Whitemead defied the inclement weather forecast to take a morning woodland walk from Parkend. Recent heavy winds had removed many of the autumn-tinted leaves from the trees, opening up the vistas a little. In places a thin layer of orange fallen larch tree needles carpeted the ground.

The walkers viewed the village of Bream from the vantage point of a hillside cleared of larch trees a couple of years ago in an effort to control the effects of phytophthora ramorum tree disease that was found there. One of the walkers was a nurseryman from Kent who shared some of his knowledge of trees with the group.

On the return to Whitemead the walkers viewed the new Glamping Pods currently being installed in the grounds.

Walking near Whitemead

Walkers enjoy the Autumn woodlands near Parkend.

A photo of a group of walkers near Whitemead Park, Parkend.
Walkers near Whitemead Park

A group of 17 walkers and 2 dogs took the weekly guided walk from Whitemead Forest Park at Parkend to Bream and back. Our guide pointed out other walks that they could take during their visit to Parkend. Conditions were a little muddy underfoot due to recent timber harvesting but the day was dry and warm.

As it was half-term week there were more children on the walk than normal and they were all interested in the trees and wildlife that they spotted from the footpaths.  Perhaps because it is almost Hallowe’en there were plenty of questions from the children about ‘zombies’ plus some that were more easily answered concerning wild boar and free roaming sheep.

Arthur’s Folly

Arthur's Folly
Arthur’s Folly near Parkend.

Members of the Royal Forestry Society on a visit to woodland  near Arthur’s Folly, Parkend were encountered on a guided walk from Whitemead Forest Park.

Harvesting and thinning of timber is now taking place in Knockley enclosure near Whitemead so some paths are becoming muddy. Remember to bring boots or wellies if you intend to walk via the Forest track to Bream from Whitemead.

Heritage Walk from Green Bottom

Starting the walk outside Beulah Chapel
Starting the walk outside Beulah Chapel

Until a few months ago I had never been to the tiny hamlet of Green Bottom, near Littledean (Grid SO673152) in the Forest of Dean. I was then invited to lead a walk here during the Heritage Open Weekend, 10 to 13 September 2015 and this was the prompt to learn something about this fascinating place in a part of the Forest that I didn’t know well. Fortunately I was helped by two ladies, Barbara and Jean who had lived in Green Bottom for some time and who run a website about their community.

Green Bottom is a small settlement with 12 houses in the Vale of Castiard – the name given for the area around Flaxley by the Romans is derived from botanical name for the chestnut tree (Castanea Sativa). One of the hills around Green Bottom is still called Chestnuts Hill. Continue reading “Heritage Walk from Green Bottom”