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Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Woodland Walk at Withybush Woods #CountryKids

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Last weekend, we had planned to visit Folly Farm, but on the day Dave and Danny felt too sniffly and achey so we decided that an easier, lazier day was needed.  



Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

A few hours later and cabin fever had already set in so we needed to get out of the house.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

We decided to try a new (to us!) local woods called Withybush Woods.  The great thing about these woods is a short section of the woods has been tarmacked, making it a wheelchair accessible walk.  I wish I'd known about this when Jo was in hospital as it would have made a nice change to the hospital "Concrete Island" we used to take her to.




There is a free car park.  We parked up and ate our hastily shop bought picnic.  We could hear the squirrels and saw one run down the tree just before we set off on our walk.  It camouflages really well with the trunk of the tree!  

Luckily, Dave carried the picnic back to the car before we walked as he discovered my driver's door had been left completely open.  I had let Danny sit there while I put the buggy up, and in his excitement forgot to close the door.  Thankfully, no harm was done!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Woodland floors are all looking so Autumnal now...with a white feather to contrast!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

I love large leaf plants like this, it's like lettuce for giants!


Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales


Jack in the Pulpit Red Berries Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

There were pretty red, Jack in the Pulpit berries adding a splash of colour.  


Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

There are also plenty of benches along this walk  to sit for a rest or to enjoy the view.


Blackberries Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Someone has been enjoying these blackberries.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

I love how nature has always made decorative hanging mobiles! This made me think of the Celts and how their roundhouse homes were "decorated" by hanging drying herbs and smoking meat, all for a purpose.  I wouldn't mind hanging lavender in my house but I will pass on the meat!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

The walk is close to a firing range so don't be alarmed if you hear shots!  It's a also a good idea to keep within the fenced area.

Dirty Dancing Log Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Oh, I love this log bridge over the water!  I had a lovely "Dirty Dancing" night with my mum and sisters last week and this reminds me of the scene where they practice dancing on the log.  Sadly, Dave and I didn't re-enact the scene!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

There are lots of ditches, pallettes and fallen trees to explore.  You could waste a day here den building or building a dam.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

There is a lovely, large pond with waterlillies, swan and ducks.   


Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales



Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

We also saw a dragonfly laying eggs.  We were very close but this is the best shot I could get with my camera- I need to invest in a better lens but for now the standard one will have to make do!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales


Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Swans- so beautiful, serene and strong and feisty when they want to be!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

We decided to continue deeper into the woods past the official walk.

tree fungi Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Tree fungi Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Tree fungi Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales
Different types of tree fungi at different stages.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Fallen trees, steep hills and uneven ground make this part inaccessible for wheelchairs but we managed with a buggy!



I also took advantage of this quiet part of the woods with fallen trees to "practice my dancing moves" (or take a photo to send to my sisters!) on the branches.  It was fun, but my balance is terrible so I think I'd better stick to the dance floor!  

(Dave is wondering what on earth is she doing now?!)

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Old wall remains survive in the woods.  I would love to know what used to be here.


Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Holly Leaves Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Holly leaves make me feel Christmassy.  

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

corkscrew willow Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

I love this twisted tree stump.  I'm not sure if it is a Corkscrew Willow.  I don't have time to stop and look on these walks- I have to snap and run to keep up with everyone!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

mouse house Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

We played, "Who lives in a house like this?"

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Caitlyn guessed that it's a mouse hole (it looked smaller in real life than in the photos).

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales




Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

swan Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales


I love how the walk goes all the way around the pond, giving you a great view from every angle.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Tree hugging, Danny.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Model, Rebecca.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Cuddly, Caitlyn.

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

A slightly muddy, apple eating Izzy!

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

orange flower lilium Withybush Woods Pembrokeshire Family Fun Country Kids Wales

Vibrant, orange woodland flowers, possibly Orange Lilium?

We had finished the walk but Dave and the kids were eager to do more so we went for a more coastal walk down Llanstadwell and back home for Dave to film his ice bucket challenge, so a lazy day turned into a fairly fun one!  



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