I have been feeling pretty crappy for the last few weeks, well months to be honest since early September. I think it is an inbred 'back to school-itis' even though I no longer go back to school, or to work at a University! The one thing I should have been doing was getting outside and exercising, and this was the one thing I wasn't doing. Getting too comfortable of an evening (a new job hasn't helped as it is desk bound). So, today is the start of me getting back in to the outdoors, which is my natural and happiest environment. But what could we do? Ummmm.....that's it, lets go on a deer hunt.....
After literally having to drag the kids out (which always rankles with me because as soon as they are out they are in seventh heaven!), we set out on our Deer Hunt. We didn't have to wait long, after walking up through the most stunning Autumn woodland towards Little Doward we glimpsed some deer through the trees. They were majestic and ever so curious about us too.
We walked quietly through the woodland keeping a close eye out, the kids were in stealth mode and got so excited when we spotted yet more deer. The delight about this area of Woodland Trust land is that it is peppered with these fascinating outcrops of 'pudding' stone which are just perfect for bouldering. We couldn't stop Barney, he was off up every boulder he could find. Along with giving him the challenge to find as many different leaves as possible that was him occupied and happy.
In the mean time Lily was on tracking duty and spotting traces of deer everywhere from tracks (plentiful), bark rubbed off trees (some pieces as big as her!) and the ubiquitous poo, she was off too. And did it work? Oh yes, we saw Deer, lots of deer including two stunning stags with huge antlers.
A beautiful walk which instantly made us all feel better, and I now know where to go to get me some antlers - I have wanted a pair for years!!
Wyastone is managed by The Woodland Trust, click here for more places you can visit.