Its been early August since I've visited Glenveagh Castle and Gardens (see Glenveagh Castle in early summer) so I thought it was about time I took a spin over with the kids for a wee autumn dander...the colours on the hill and around the gardens were stunning, the weather was a bit patchy with a few showers so the crowds were absent from the castle so we almost had the place to ourselves....
During the school Halloween Holiday we held a series of Woodland Wanders, there was one every day, from Mon-Friday, these were all about trying to encourage people to come out and explore the amazing woodlands we have on our doorstep here in Derry-Londonderry, see the original invite here
Mondays walk to Ness Woods was unfortunately cancelled due to the bad weather, but on Tuesday we braved the Top of the Hill woodland, this newly planted woodland offers some amazing views across the River Foyle (as can be seen in this picture), It was fairly heavy showers that day...you can see the raindrops on the camera lens. But after the rain stopped we have a nice walk round looking at the emerging woodland develop, we also found a few goodies...
On Wednesday we visited the woodland trail in the BeechHill Hotel, this path network offers wonderful access to a mature woodland which houses some mature oak, Beech and Lime Trees. The blanket of leaves which covered the ground was spectacular, and my two kids enjoyed munching on bunches of elderberry as we walked around.. see the autumn leaves under the Lime Tree Avenue here
See here for more pictures from Beech Hill Woodland through the seasons
Thursday saw us take in Prehen Woodland, this ancient woodland offers a great range of mature hazel, Oak and some specimen Chestnut and other trees, including this one which bit my hand lol! Again the carpet of Autumn leaves was spectacular...and well worth going to see...
See here for more pictures from visits to Prehen Woods through the seasons
On Friday we took in Gransha woodland, this is another mature woodland with excellent path network. My kids had a great time poking at holes in the grounds with sticks! We also gathered up a great forage of sweet chestnuts.
See here for more on Gransha woodland including previous visits in other seasons.
Over the week we visited some beautiful woods, and saw a range from the new (Top of the Hill) to the ancient (Prehen) and hopefully all the folks that came out had a super time, and hopefully went home and shared the word that a great time to visit the woodlands in County Derry is now....
There is a change in the happening...the colours of Autumn are starting and the woodlands in Derry are starting to colour up wonderfully....and the kids are coming on school holidays....so no better time to get out and about and explore these woodlands.
Let the kids take photos, learn about trees, take bark rubbings, gather leaves, nuts and lichens to chat about when you get home...and a wee walk in the fresh air may even help to tire them out!!
I have a full schedule of woodland walks on during Halloween Week...feel free to join me at any of the following locations:
Monday 28th 12 midday. Start at the Visitor Centre.
Top of the Hill Woodland
Tuesday 29th 12 midday. Start at the main entrance.
BeechHill Hotel Walking route
Wednesday 30th 12 midday. Meet up at the Hotel.
Thursday 31st 12 midday. Meet up at the Summerhill Road entrance.
Friday 1st November 12noon. Meet up at the main entrance in Gransha.
All walks are weather dependant...if you can leave a comment below which walk you'd like to join I can then keep you updated on its progress. Please wear appropriate footwear, kids, dogs, buggies all welcome, but please observe rules of each site where it comes to dogs on or off leads and pick-up etc.
Each event is Free.....but it's compulsory that everyone brings a bag of sweets!!
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