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Shobley and South Oakley

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Our morning walk is from home round the lovely lanes of Shobley, past Linford Bottom and back up to Hangersley. In the evening we head over to South Oakley Inclosure for a walk in the beech woods and a touch of geocaching.

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We head down the lane through Shobley and get this lovely view over to the clump of holly trees on Marrowbones Hill.

White Park cattle resting in the sun

We take a detour away from the road to allow Harry a little time off lead to stretch out and run. The local British White* cattle are resting in the morning sunshine, unfussed by our presence as long as we don’t disturb them.

*I did have these down as White Park cattle, but was happily put right by their owner Richard Collingridge, who kindly provided their names and correct breed in a comment on this post!

Stand of birch trees near Brook Farm

Close to Brook Farm there is a little stand of birch trees that provide welcome respite from the hot sun. Is this really April?

A view over to Forest Corner Farm - home

A view over to Forest Corner Farm on Hangersley Hill – home.

Keepers Cottage at Linford

After rejoining the road we head towards Linford and pass the Forest Keepers Cottage at the side of Little Linford Inclosure. Chocolate box don’t you think?

Linford crowds

Linford Bottom. There’s the reason we’ve taken a different walk this morning. The easter holidays and the sunshine have brought the crowds out in their droves. We’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of the lanes this morning.

A cuckoo flower, a real sign of spring

A cuckoo flower, a real sign of spring.

Flag irises close to Linford Green

We take a little detour from the road to enjoy the burgeoning flag irises by the brook at Linford Green.

Burcombe Lane in the green

After crossing the fields we approach the farm through Burcombe Lane, green with spring growth.

Center of an iris

At home the irises in the garden are full blown.

Aqualegia

An aqualegia bloom in the garden.

In the afternoon we head over to enjoy the spring growth in South Oakley Inclosure near Burley and find a geogache on Burley Walk.

Beeches on the edge of South Oakley

The edge of South Oakley Inclosure is full of huge beech trees. The early spring growth is acid green.

Huge beech trees

These trees have reached a good age and are absolutely huge.

More new beech leaves

More new beech leaves.

South Oakley path

The rides through the inclosure are dry but full of green grass and new growth. Quite often the rides in the inclosure are muddy affairs, but at the moment they are a pure joy to walk on.

Another of the dry, green rides

Another of the dry, green rides.

More huge, beech trees to enjoy

More huge, beech trees to enjoy.

Sunset through beech trees

The sun has started to set and looks orange through the beech trees.

The larch trees are still full of emerging leaves

The larch trees are still full of emerging leaves.

Sunset through the pines

We’ve moved now into pine forest and here is the setting sun through the pines.

Sunset

On the way home we stop for a quick look at the sunset from Picket Post.


2 Responses to “Shobley and South Oakley”

  1. Richard Collingridge Says:

    Hi –
    Just found your lovely photos, which I was pleased to see include some of our cattle. Thought you might like to know the names of those in your pictures!
    The one on the left is Rowan, the middle one is Spice. Not certain about the other, but I think it may be Lucky Rose. Rowan still lives out on the Forest, and is currently spending her time in Linford Bottom – she’s really quite elderly now, at 17. She is almost always with her friend Pink, who must have been nearby when you took your photos.
    (Incidentally, White Park is the type with horns – these are the naturally polled but otherwise very similar British White.)
    All the best,
    Richard

  2. Rowena Says:

    Richard, how lovely to put some names to the ‘faces’. I will edit my words to reflect the fact that they’re British Whites, not White Parks. I was aware of the two breeds, but didn’t know how to identify the difference.

    Thank you

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