Autumn Jewels

Autumn Jewels

As I mentioned in my previous post we went to Epping Forest last Sunday to see the autumn colours and were certainly not disappointed. With the sunlight and the colours of the leaves the forest was just beautiful – stunning – breathtaking. Look I'm running out of superlatives here – surely there must be more? The small photographs included here don't really do justice to the scenes but I will be adding the same pictures to the Epping Forest pages on the site in the near future which will include the usual larger versions. People who are registered on the Updates Mailing List will be notified automatically as soon as the new pages are added.

We drove to Baldwin's Hill in Loughton, an hours drive from home, where we parked the car and started our walk at about 11:00 AM.

Baldwins Hill map

This is the view that greeted us and it was where we started our walk.

If you look at the above map you will see the road called Baldwins Hill. We left the road and walked downhill across the open grass that you can see in the above picture and were very soon in the forest. I managed to step in a nice area of liquid mud which came over the top of my boots. Good job I was wearing walking boots as they kept my feet dry. It didn't take us long to reach Baldwins Pond.

From Baldwins Pond we followed The Clay Road for a short while

then struck off into the forest through all these lovely Beech trees. Each one of those groups of trunks is just one tree.

We eventually, after lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs', arrived at Blackweir Pond. Luckily we had some 'oohs' and 'aahs' left to use on the pond.

Leaving Blackweir Pond we went back through the forest constantly admiring the changing views coupled with the changes of light and colour.

We were now heading for Loughton Camp (All these places are on the location map link above) and reached The Clay Road again, walked along it to near the junction with the Green Ride, and went off the path into the forest again towards Loughton Camp. Leaving Loughton Camp we followed the path towards High Beach and came across these Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) fungi on the way.

Continuing on the path

we soon reached High Beach with it's views across to London.

High Beach map

On the above map you should be able to see the Epping Forest Field Centre and the King's Oak PH (Public House) at High Beach. We had some lunch, a hamburger and hot drink each, from the kiosk at the side of the pub. We sat outside and ate our lunch as it is only a kiosk and does not provide indoor seating. Although it wasn't exactly warm it was comfortable enough when wearing warm clothing. After lunch we set off back to Loughton via the Clay Road.

On the path back we met some horse riders.

This section of The Clay Road seemed particularly colourful although by this time, about 1:30 PM, the sun was getting rather low in the sky and was being obscured by the tops of the trees. You may notice that apart from some small splashes of sun on the path only the upper parts of the trees are now in sunlight.

I took this last photograph looking back down The Clay Road as it climbed Baldwins Hill

and we reached our car at about 2:00 PM and arrived home by 3:00 PM after a very pleasant walk (typical British understatement) in the forest.

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