Southwestern Walker

Just returned from a camping trip to the Forest of Dean.

Although the Forestry Commission’s Bracelands site was chaotic (best avoided at busy periods), the forest and Wye Valley were fantastic.

A mixed commercial woodland rather than regimented, mono-culture conifers, the area is criss-crossed with trails and forest tracks that weave through the foliage to impressive views across the valley.

Sadly, we didn’t see any boar or deer for which this old shooting estate is famous, but there was plenty of ‘wildlife’ on the campsite… fuelled by alcohol, by and large.

The camping virgins accompanying us enjoyed themselves, though. More converts, perhaps.

It all made me yearn for the confines of the bivvy bag and a cold mountain top.

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