Walking off the Xmas dinner

boxing day 2014A group of hardy walkers braved the threatening Boxing Day skies and did a two-hour morning walk from the CSMA site, Whitemead, at Parkend. Walks are lovely any time of year, but winter walks have a particular aspect: because of the lack of foliage, the views are much more distinct and far-reaching. Walkers saw a variety of deciduous trees before turning into an area that is mainly packed with tall, dense rows of conifers. If you look closely, you can even find distinctive redwoods. There was evidence that the wild boar had been out in force overnight but, as usual, they were nowhere to be seen. Walkers were shown which routes to take to get to Coleford, Darke Hill Iron Works, Cannop Ponds and Nagshead RSPB reserve. This walk followed old railway lines, forestry tracks and trails, and even an old horse-drawn tramway line. When the walk was over, walkers were certainly ready for a substantial Boxing Day lunch – if they could face it.