Posts tagged 'Charnwood Forest'

Another bimble – Beacon Hill

Posted by on February 26th 2011 in Great Escapes

 Last week was half-term here. The kids were reluctant to go out, but we persisted in our efforts to drag them with us.

Beacon Hill Country Park was the venue for Thursday's walk. It's an interesting place - at 245m (802 feet) Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire and the site of a Bronze Age hill fort. The walk up from the Lower Car Park is through pleasant wooded areas with good access, and there are many opportunities for geologising. Add in a few wonky trees, some interesting fungi and some weird moss, and it's a good day out.

As you will see from some of the pics, the kids didn't enjoy it at all...

Cones

Catkins

Through the woods

Searching for sticks

Bracket fungi

Mushrooms?

The Den

Bracket #1

Bracket #2

The Old Man

Rocks near the summit

The Old Man again

Layers

Rockhoppers

Chris at the trig point

More layers

Chris on the rocks

Anna and the little people

 

Dip and strike

Panorama - full view

 

Panorama in a scrolly-thing

Anna #1

Anna #2

Ella

Anna #3

3 of a kind

One up, two down

Bedding planes #1

Bedding planes #2

Toposcopy

The Great Unwashed... washed!

Stone Angels

On edge #1

On edge #2

Bedrock

A herd of moss

Wonky trees #1

Wonky trees #2

Wonky trees #3

Holey tree

Fungi?

Another bracket

 

Not a bad day out, I reckon we'll be going there again.

A bimble around Braddie Park

Posted by on February 15th 2011 in Celebrations, Great Escapes

Chris took yesterday off work so we went out for a Valentine's Day walk at Bradgate Park. Despite the cool breeze and the cloudy weather it was good to get a few hours out together without the kids.

Old John and the War Memorial

Old John and the War Memorial again

Holed tree

Stags

Stream

The Bennion Memorial Plaque

Chris heading back towards the car

Gnarled

Deer

The War Memorial

Being watched

Old John

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