When we lived with the New Forest next door to us we used to visit it most days but since we’ve moved it’s somewhere that takes a bit more effort for an outing. We entered this weekend with no plans and the hubster suggested that we head to Shatterford. It’s one of the places we used to visit on an almost weekly basis, and somewhere that holds very special memories for me – the place he proposed to me
Being typically British I feel like I must talk about the weather as one minute it was glorious sun, and the next minute it was pouring with rain but it didn’t deter us and we carried on with the walk. The entire walk was like this, with us one minute peeling off our coats as we were hot, and then zipping them up as fast as possible!
The colours were stunning – Autumn is starting to show in the forest and everywhere we looked there were dashes of it breaking through – ferns starting to go different shades and the heather either side as we walked along the paths (although starting to fade). It reminded me why I love living in this part of England
Driving up and seeing the Shatterford tree line is something I’ll never tire of and I always smile when I see it as we approach it. It’s great walking at this time of the year as there’s less people around, which in turn makes it less stressful for us and more scenic. At one point we stood there and couldn’t hear anything, pure bliss among nature
I love the age J is now, she’s so much fun and full of energy, she managed the 3+ mile walk easily, climbing on logs, climbing up trees and picking up sticks to play with and be a troll on a bridge not letting us through!
The hubster instantly transports back to a child when around J, and whilst I’m not a fan of climbing up trees, he definitely is (even if he develops a sense of mortality when he realises how high up he is!)
We showed her the spot where we got engaged, it’s a ditch to some but it’s a great place for a picnic, and also holds very special memories for us. Our monthly family portrait was taken there this month and I think we’ll aim to do it each year now
J spent a lot of time running up and down the ditch with Lexi, and then jumping on her daddy who decided to rest for 5 before we went off again for the second half of the walk
I reminded the hubster to wear his walking boots, knowing that a large chunk of Shatterford gets pretty soggy in the winter months but he forgot about both and ended up with soaking wet feet and trainers in the water as he tried to jump across it. J and I decided the best method would be to run through and jump them all, and we ended up soaked from head to toe
We arrived back at the car somewhat tired, dishevelled and wet, but I love Shatterford and would recommend the circular 3 mile route to anyone in the forest – just remember your wellies or waterproof walking shoes!