Up and Down Beacon Hill – part 2 the wander downhill.

We will carry on with our visit to Beacon Hill day out as we skirt the summit with its rocky outcrops and then make our way back down. We loved the carved wooden sculptures created by the onsite sculptor whose hut we found later on the walk. This child’s poster shows more understanding than many adults possess!

We continued on the path below the summit before dropping slowly downhill. The distant views from the summit were far wider than we expected.

Fungi seem to be appearing so late in the last few years as our climate changes, so we found these examples in a patch of birch trees.

We slowly wandered downhill through woodlands with so many species of our wonderful native tree species. Each different patch of trees seemed to have a different atmosphere depending how bright or shady it was.

Half way down the long slope we came across a wood carver’s workshop with unfinished sculptural pieces among felled trunks. Nearby we found some of his work looking wonderful, some seats some upright pieces.

A refreshing coffee and slice of cake each gave us enough energy to follow another short wander around the Native Tree Trail. Here we found well-labeled specimens of all our native trees around a circular route.

As a finishing treat we looked at other examples of wooden carvings of native mammals created by the onsite wood-carver.

We really enjoyed this stimulating walk enjoying a healthy bout of ‘forest bathing’. We look forward to a future summer visit.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.