Monday, 10 October 2011

A Sunday Morning Walk, Virginia Water.

Yesterday the sun was shining, and we decided to venture further afield.

I lived in Bracknell for several years when I was a  child, and one of our favourite family walks was around Virginia Water.  Yesterday I went back for the first time in over thirty years!  It was lovely, beautiful trees laden with chestnuts, imaginative sculpture in the woods, and the water  so tranquil and calm.

There were, however, far more people then I remember! But it was lovely to walk somewhere where dogs were allowed to run off the lead.  People were having a great time, walking, running and (mainly) chatting!

What a wonderful way to spend an autumn morning!

My photographs are not the best, as I spent most of my time rounding up our five year old girl and the dog.  Keeping tabs on them both was a (delightful) challenge!

A basket of chestnuts (I wish it were mine!)

There were so many glossy chestnuts, on the ground

And on the trees!

The dog, striding out,  purposefully!

A quaint wooden mushroom

And another!

I love this detail in the wood!

An ideal seat for a woodland imp!

Scrunchy leaves!

This would be more of a challenge to sit on!

A family of swans

A deep red tree trunk

A chestnut nestling 

Calm water

fungus on an old tree trunk

A bona fide fairy tale toadstool
(we checked it when we got home
Amanita muscaria, also known as fly agaric!)


  1. Thank you for the walk! You have lots more scrunchy leaves than us. But I bet we get the snow first.

  2. Perfect walk! I'm considering of going to a chestnut forest one of these days, too!

  3. Jill, thanks I'm sure you will get snow first, but we had some before Christmas last year, and another cold winter is predicted, so I'm sure we'll get our share!
    Rose Fern, a walk among chestnut trees is wonderful!

  4. What a wonderful place to explore.