Friday, 14 March 2014

Forest Lessons

Delamere Forest Linmere TrailDelamere Forest meaning Forest of the Lakes (due to its lakes formed by glacial kettle holes) used to be the Medieval forests of Mara and Mondrem. A vast hunting forest back in the 11th Century of 60 square miles. As we walked around our 1.7 mile loop through woodland it is not hard to imagine the wild boar and wolves that would have ran with the red, fallow and red deer through the dense trees and bracken. Historical records show that James I hunted here in 1617 but it was a hunting ground from way back in Norman England. Makes it feel a little spooky as to who is watching you?Delamere Forest Railway BridgeOf course the forest is much, much smaller these days and was gradually cleared until the current size of 2400 acres. The Mid-Cheshire railway line runs through the forest and the Delamere train station is lovely with a quaint cafe. In fact we must take Little Bird on the train to the forest one day and hopefully he will love it. There is even a music train that runs every so often and you can listen to a band playing in the carriages and then takes you to a country pub where the band then continues to play. Sounds good doesn't it?Mid Cheshire Railway Line LB has a great time walking this trail. We find forest items for the nature table at home and stop off halfway at the picnic benches for a snack and a drink. There are some horses that we wave hello to every time. We would love to know their names. my boy in the forest Hello Cyril and Cuthbert. Nice coats gents. Very coordinated with your scenery.horses
I found this funny fungus on our walk. If I have identified it correctly, it is the Common Puffball and the hole you see is where - !poof!- the spores are released.Common Puffball fungi at Delamere ForestTwo very happy waggy tails, although one is a little stumpy looking. It tries to wag anyway but perhaps it is more of a waft.two dogs on leads Delamere Forest Pine Trees
The best thing about the forest is that we can learn so much, from the history to the geography of the land. I studied the forest here when I worked in conservation and look forward to revisiting all that again. I can bore you all plenty with types of moss and the art of catching damselflies (just to identify). I'll save you this time as now it is time for home and some home made pie....

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


30 comments:

Mummy to boyz said...

Beautiful views! The music train sounds awesome! #countrykids

Cheryl said...

Love walking in forests. So much to see and discover. Wagging tails are always good to see too. #CountryKids

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

Always so much to discover and learn from the forest. I love the fungus explanation, always something new to discover on a Country Kids post. Thank you for linking up.

Keitha L@keithaschaos.blogspot said...

Looks like a beautiful trail to walk.

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Such a lovely walk :) the train sounds wonderful, and I love the mushroom picture x #CountryKids

Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) said...

Looks like a fascinating walk, and I do like the look of that puffball!

JoBryan said...

My kind of walk, I love woodland, looking for fungi, insects and just being at peace.

sonya said...

Love the idea of the music train! What gorgeous photos, I love a good walk in the woods.

Kelly Finn said...

Sounds like a perfect day, I haven't been to a proper forest in years! Lovely photos, #countykids

Rachel Cooper said...

Lovely photos. I love walking in woods and forests but sadly there isnt many in central Birmingham :(

Twinsplustwo said...

Love the black and white photo - a beautiful place to visit.

Gretta Schifano said...

This looks like a beautiful place to visit.

You Baby Me Mummy said...

I used to live near here (Winnington), mum still lives in Rudheath. Such lovely pictures x

Katie R said...

What a beautiful place, and exploding mushrooms! Cool!

laura redburn said...

oh this looks really lovely. and i love the idea of a music train!

sabrina montagnoli said...

Oh yes we love country walks in the woods. The wee man is such a scrounger now you are so right about it being very educational and fun too so they don't even realise they are learning! #CountryKids

Kerry Louise said...

Looks like you had a lovely walk. I love getting out into the forest and exploring, can't wait to take my daughter again as we live so close x

Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

Looks like a great walk. I love getting out in the fresh air and going for a walk through woodland x

Katie said...

Beautiful place. Forests are my favourite places. I always go somewhere like that on holiday in summer. I love watching the bats at night too :) xx

Terry My Journey With Candida said...

I have seen those puff ball things in our woods too. We used to hunt them down so we could step on them and make them pop.

The Go To Mum said...

I love a walk in the woods, such a great feel to it. Looks like a lovely place too

Michelle Ordever said...

I just LOVE forests! How wonderful this one sounds. Love the puffball photo - have found those before in our local forest x

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Steph said...

Love the idea of being accompanied by a band - on a train AND pub! Sounds perfect.

Ting said...

Lovely! x
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Clare Nicholas said...

Loving the sound of music on the train. It looks like a lovely place to visit

Bek B said...

What a lovely place! We enjoy days like these. I'm glad that you were able to see some puff balls. We used to spot ones like those in the fields near where we walk the dog.

hannah staveley said...

Looks a very nice place .x

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

Gorgeous photos - looks like a place my two could play for hours!

Jen Walshaw said...

What beautiful images. We have a small woodland near us, bit no woods. I would love somewhere like this c;pser

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you. We are Leftwich :) Have you seen all the changes around here, lots of building in progress.

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