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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

Linford Brook glinting in the morning sunlight.

Looking back along the path as I head up to White Hill

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

Ahead with White Hill on our left.

The trees around Linford Brook

The trees around Linford Brook.

Sun reaching the Forest floor

In the edge of Pinnick Wood, the sun reaches through to the Forest floor lighting up the old beech leaves.

Buzzard in a birch tree

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.

Low sun over Long Pond

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

Looking back to Long Pond, the evening light softens the pre-spring colours.

Cranes Moor

The same effect seen across the bogs and wooded hills of Cranes Moor.

A lone Scots Pine

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

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.

Sunset behind Dur Hill

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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