19th Aug. 2016 – It’s my day off. My partner and I have planned to go back to Cornwall this weekend to see more interesting places but unfortunately the weather did not go with our plans. It has been raining most of Friday morning so we thought we could go for a forest walk despite of the rain. We went to Leigh Woods in Bristol (again), a nature reserve managed by the National Trust. This place is only about a mile or two from Bristol City Centre just across the River Avon via the Suspension Bridge (toll fee applied).
At 10:00 a.m. there were few people walking, cycling or walking their dogs but on a sunny weekend this place is busy all day. I did not take my camera with me due to rain showers but I managed to take some photos using my phone. We follow the Purple Trail which is about 2.5kms. For cyclists it is the Yer Tiz Trail (blue trail).
The Purple Trail sign post.
We did not follow the trail strictly, sometimes we got off the trail and explored the smaller walk paths. We found some signs of activities as we went through the forest.
The wood shelter (I’m guessing this was put together by campers)
Part of the Purple Trail path
This is off the proper Purple Trail path. It felt nice being so close with nature like this 🙂
And I found this!
A red mushroom in a rotten tree
Getting back to the main path
After I saw the first mushroom I find myself looking out for more but they are not on the main path. I found another one off the path!
A normal color mushroom
We’re back in the trail path
A ‘You Are Here’ map
But we got off the trail path again and I’m loving it!
Clutching my windbreaker hoodies in case it pours again
Someone has made an artwork out of this dead tree
A sculptured tree
And I saw another mushroom, a big flat white one! I think wild mushrooms only come out when it rains the night before (not sure though, needs citation)
Bigger than a man’s palm
Another find off the trail
A red berry tree heaving with its fruits
And we bumped into some companions but they ignored us and continued to mind their own business. I preferred that way actually as their sizes are overwhelming, they could break me in a second! but I think cows are generally harmless.
Another sign of outdoor activities here
And I found another mushroom! This one looks neat but I promise you its real. I noticed this one grows on the dead leaves instead of dead woods, so I’m guessing the leaf has something to do with its neat and perfect shape (maybe?).
A yellow mushroom
And after an hour walk (which includes mushrooms hunting by accident), mostly in mud when off the trail paths, the woods journey has ended with happier hearts and relaxed minds 🙂
Way out to the main road (Abbots Leigh Road on A369)
By the way, there is a strong internet and phone signals at the middle of the woods, so you can always call someone in case of emergency or if you get lost. Also, there are more car parking spaces in the inner part of the main road of the Leigh Woods premises.
Just a thought…..
Simple things that in our daily busy lives do not seem to have a space in our weekly schedules (for most anyway). I realized that being in the woods, for me was actually a small treat with a big effect. You can forget about prices going up, lost passwords, non-stop bills and all those things we live with every single day. Finding another wild mushroom after the first one was a simple source of excitement for me yesterday. I really appreciated that one hour fresh-air break in the woods; it was a very fun one hour! 🙂
————————————-Ciao for now! xx————————————