although it may not look like it on my blog, most of my day to day walking is done straight from home. I like that it's free exercise and there is no environmental impact from my regular walks.
Sometimes though, I like a change.
I usually work on Tuesdays but this week I had the day off. It was such a beautiful morning and I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I hopped in my little car and travelled the scenic route to my destination.
The countryside is looking so lovely at the moment I couldn't resist stopping a few times.... when it was safe to do so :0)....and capturing the roadside views. Oh spring greens you are SO welcome.
And blossom trees.
and blue skies.
It's on a hill so there are lovely views to be glimpsed between the trees.
The air was still and the morning light was quiet magical that day.
I don't think I could ever tire of this magical sight that we have waited for all through the winter.
There was still very little shade from the sparse new leaves here. I loved the sunlit paths and the sound of birdsong.
And interesting old trees.
This simple bench had a brief but touching memorial...to a lady who "loved the Bluebells"
I was so happy to have time to wander along paths I had not discovered before and be able to admire the display from many different angles.
I couldn't stop taking photo after photo...just hoping one or two would actually capture the beauty of the day.
The new ferns were gorgeous too.
The sunlight made the spring leaves glow.
Beech leaves are a favourite, so soft and luminous when they are new.
Here there were bigger trees giving more shade, and the rocky outcrops typical of Charnwood.
I wandered down the steep paths and here I stopped to chat to a gent who knew these woods much better than me. I loved hearing how he likes to come here at dawn some days. How it's a different world where you can see so many birds and deer. We chatted about other local spots he likes, how this special landscape is made of some of the oldest rocks in Europe. And mostly how mother nature does beauty the best :0)
What a perfect picnic spot.
It's a shame that are not a permanent fixture and the display will have gone now. At least the cafe stays all year. You can sit upstairs amongst the trees. How lovely.
What a perfect start to the new month.
Happy May Lovelies.