In which I begin to learn about how to understand a landscape, by lifting my eyes and knowing where my feet are planted.
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 enjoy the first properly sunny day for ages, and go for a walk round lovely Godshill Wood in the New Forest.
In which I find bilberry in Godshill Wood in the New Forest.
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 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.