In which I find a haunted wood and memories of a woodsman's cottage, and spend some peaceful moments sitting on a bench deep in the forest.
In which I am surrounded by skylark song, and learn some New Forest history. In particular, I am surprised by Second World War archaeology masquerading (according to the OS map) as tumuli.
In which I reach the top of the forest...Pipers Wait is the highest point in the New Forest, and is included in this lovely circular walk from Eyeworth Pond near Fritham.
In which I climb a hill and find a labyrinth...and also bluebells and wild strawberries, a hare and an orange-tip butterfly.
In which I visit a lovely common, and make friends with a brimstone butterfly ... In this post, I describe a walk across Rockford Common and through Roe and Little Linford Inclosures via the heaths of Bucksherd Bottom in the New Forest.
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.
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.