An Early Autumnal Walk among Attingham’s Woodlands

We visit Attingham Hall grounds frequently throughout the year as it is the closest National Trust property to us being about a half hour drive away. We enjoyed a leisurely wander around the “Mile Walk” in early autumn to see what signs of the season were there to be enjoyed.

As soon as we made our way from the paying kiosk to the courtyard signs of the season came into view. After our usual coffee and treat we walked through the mature woodland where sweet chestnut trees towered overhead, with branches heavy with nuts in their spiked cases.

We were on the look out for leaves changing colours as we wandered along the gravel pathways, but we were amazed by how much foliage remained green with no signs of changing.

One of the delights of autumn and certainly a good reason for a wander at this time of year is the appearance of fungi. Each one is a jewel and they are all so different but I am not good at identifying them so I simply enjoy a close up look and a search for delicate aromas.

Some views show no signs of the season at all!

Berries are a sure sign of the year moving on and they give so much colour before the migrant thrushes arrive.

There is so much autumnal confusion going on in our woodlands, gardens and countryside this year. We will make a return journey before too long to see how this autumn is progresses.

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.

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