In which I grieve for lost fields, but discover some local Ringwood history...This walk starts in Ringwood, heading for Rockford Common and the New Forest woods, streams and heaths beyond.
In which I search for an old oak in the New Forest and maybe (or maybe don’t) find it.
On a bitingly cold day, I walk vanished paths through the Coppice of Linwood, King's Garn Gutter and Long Beech Inclosure, visiting the Rufus Stone in the New Forest on the way.
In which I almost go for a tumble and discover some ancient history... In this post, I visit Janesmoor Pond on a freezing February morning, before meeting Joan to explore Fritham Butt, one of the hundreds of Bronze Age round barrows in the New Forest.
In which I am awed by tall trees and get very muddy... Here, Joan and I continue the walk described in last week's post, finding ourselves among the tall, tall trees of Islands Thorns
In which I turn left, not right... This is my very first walk with Joan Begbie, making our way through Eyeworth and Studley Woods from Fritham. There were some disagreements and ambiguities about the right way to go, but that didn't spoil a beautiful tramp through the woods.
In which I find an old book and an old wood, and meet Joan Begbie...This is my first post on this new blog, explaining how I came to be following in the footsteps of Joan Begbie, who published "Walking in the New Forest" in 1934.