Forest Of Dean 2012

March 12th, 2012

So the start of March saw the club’s first ever outing to the Forest of Dean. 14 of us took a minibus across the bridge and wended our way through Wales until we got back to English soil and could breathe easy again. It was officially the first weekend of spring, and the weather did not dissappoint! When we emerged from the minibus most people stripped down to tshirts to begin the walk, and we set off into the woods.

The first part of the walk was an excercise in avoiding mountain bikes, with all the trails criss-crossing the forest being a popular destination for people who like to move a bit faster than us. We headed over to a sculpture trail, where there was much excitement over an adventure playground (which was unfortunately covered in little people) and where most people bought their first ice-cream of the year. The trail itself was a bit of a wild goose chase, while some of them were giant and impressive structures, a few seemed to be too well hidden for our eyes and we ended up going for a bit of an off-path stomp through the woods instead.

After having lunch looking out over the forest from one of the sculptures, we set off south to a viewpoint. The viewpoint gave a great look at the expanse of the forest, although we had to tiptoe around some birdwatchers who were taking advantage of the dry weather. We then dropped back down to an interesting geology lesson about the area and some info about its history which was just below.

From there we made a beeline for the minibus, going past a place on the map called ‘Burnt Log’. We couldnt see a burnt log. Anyway it soon became apparent that we had some time to spare so we added an hour to our walk by taking a trip through some old quarry works, and then seeing some rather eyesore-ish modern quarrying too.

All in all it was a great day, it was good to see some of the more elusive club members present, even if their minibus singalong participation left something to be desired!

Thanks to all who came along, I had fun running it :)


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