Linford and Dur Hill
Monday, March 7th, 2011
Our usual walk around Linford Bottom in the morning and a lovely walk at Dur Hill for our evening stroll.
Linford Brook glinting in the morning sunlight.
Looking back along the path as I head up to White Hill. Not really a hill so much as a rise in the ground!
Ahead with White Hill on our left.
The trees around Linford Brook.
In the edge of Pinnick Wood, the sun reaches through to the Forest floor lighting up the old beech leaves.
Back at the car park, a buzzard sits at the top of a birch tree and searches for prey from his vantage point.
Fine weather and the potential for a good sunset sees us heading over to the car park at Burbush Hill for a walk around Dur Hill.
Setting off to walk around what is left of the mainly pine Dur Hill Inclosure – much of it removed now. Walking past a very empty Long Pond after all the dry weather. The sun is low, lighting the pond.
Looking back to Long Pond, the evening light softens the pre-spring colours.
The same effect seen across the bogs and wooded hills of Cranes Moor.
A lone Scots Pine stands sentinel.
Towards the back of Dur Hill, the paths that run along what used to be the edge of the inclosure rise over a particularly steep rise in the ground. The tree near the top shows how it used to lie closely with its neighbours with foliage only on the outer side. I sometimes wonder why they leave these single trees when all the others are removed.
The sun sets. Not quite the show I’d hoped for – too hazy. But there is something very special about the simplicity of a huge, flaming ball as it slips down to the horizon.
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