Elsie & Fleur

It’s the perfect time of year to get out of the house, go for a walk and enjoy the autumn colours in the hedgerows and on the trees.

Here are three of the best Westcountry woodland wonderlands out there. So why not pull on your wellies and woolies this weekend, get some fresh air in your lungs and kick through the leaves.

Duncliffe Wood in Shaftesbury, Dorset

A dramatic woodland in the Blackmore Vale that includes a number of coppice stools from ancient times.

Ebbor Gorge near Wells, Somerset

A wooded cleft in the Mendips, hidden away in the hills above the famous Wookey Hole. Lesser horseshoe bats regularly roost in the gorge and the mainly ash woodland has a fairy-like appeal on a misty morning. 

Savernake Estate in Marlborough, Wiltshire

A privately-owned forest. Home to ancient oak pollards and a four-mile long avenue of beeches designed by Capability Brown.


There are lots of other wooded wonders all over the country so if you’re not coming to the Westcountry for the weekend or don’t live here, you can find out more by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk and www.forestry.gov.uk.

 

 

Written by Capella Rew — November 19, 2014

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