Today’s walk is in Whippendell Wood in Hertfordshire. It is an ancient woodland, meaning it has been continuously wooded since at least 1600, and has an avenue of lime trees which dates back to 1672 when it was part of a large country estate and was used to provide timber, firewood and game hunting. It is also a site of Special Scientific Interest due to its semi-natural vegetation, the rich variety of fungi and the invertebrate fauna.
So that’s the background, let’s get on with the walk.
Some woodland management seems to have been going on. Normally fallen trees are left to rot in situ, but it looks like an area has been cleared for some reason.
It’s not long before I have my first sight of drifts of beautiful bluebells
The path ahead takes me down a slope between the trees, the sunlight filtering through the leaves
After going down, now I need to go up