Category Archives: Walking

Fleeting Impressions: Knowing my Place

Over the last month or so, I have been making little explorations around my home ground. Not going very far afield. 6.7.18 BUCKS VALLEY WOODS – hoverflies After the long, dry, sunny summer: flowers, birds, butterflies, verdant greenery – I … Continue reading

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Essential Nature Walk along the Taw estuary at Fremington Quay

A quiet and peaceful morning walking in congenial company. It is hard to believe that just a generation or two back,  Fremington Quay was the busiest port between Bristol and Land’s End, largely importing coal and exporting ball clay. Not … Continue reading

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Budleigh Salterton: a Springtime Idyll

Below is a selection of quick photos taken on a recent visit to the south of Devon,  meeting two of our Essential Nature friends for a perfect springtime day out. First, the train journey from north to south of the county … Continue reading

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Scattered Memories

Some more images from last week’s Heddon’s Mouth walk –  these above by Paula Newbery, including one sketch that did not get too wet! These by Michelle Wilkinson. It is fascinating to see our different experiences of the same place and situation.

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Chapel Wood – another Essential Nature Walk

A few days ago, our Essential Nature group visited Chapel Wood, a beautiful area of mostly broadleaf woodland, which is an RSPB Nature Reserve, and within the North Devon Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). From the first moment, … Continue reading

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Fremington Quay: Essential Nature Walk

A dull rainy day – I ‘d been concerned that our meeting place might be a little crowded, it being holiday season, when apparently the population of Devon and Cornwall doubles, and I can well believe it. But I needn’t … Continue reading

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In the Woods – Essential Nature Walk

We had a lovely morning exploring Bucks Valley Woods, slowing down, becoming quiet, and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of trees. We absorbed the quiet sounds of the breeze high in the canopy, the trickling water of the stream below… … Continue reading

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Castle Mound by the Library: urban landscape

It stands proud and defiant, after nearly a thousand years – outside the public library on the flat expanse of  green grass known as Castle Green. Apart from the library – a handsome brick building very much in keeping with the character of the town, it … Continue reading

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Remembering Bystock Nature Reserve…

Whilst still in the mood for sorting out lost photo treasures etc. – I stumbled upon a bunch of images (buried in my Flickr account) from an Essential Nature visit to Bystock Nature Reserve near Exmouth, South Devon. Our visit … Continue reading

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Essential Nature: Walk at Watersmeet

A few memories  from our Essential Nature walk at Watersmeet last Saturday: photo: Pauline Dyer ————- On this lovely September morning We have come together To walk in quiet harmony, Exploring the green heart of the wood; Becoming aware of … Continue reading

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