LOWER WYNDCLIFFE VIEW POINT

2015/01/img_0352-0.jpgWe parked in Lower Wyndcliffe Car Park which is on the A466 three and a half miles north of Chepstow and just north of St Arvans, you can cross the road and follow the signs for the 365 steps or as we did just explore the area around the view point in the car park.
There were fab trees in the woodland and it was quite magical…
Here’s how it looked..

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2015/01/img_0356.jpgwe found some hanging vines and made a natural swing..

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2015/01/img_0360.jpgwe searched for bugs..

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2015/01/img_0361.jpgwe climbed on tree stumps..

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2015/01/img_0368.jpgwe only spent around an hour and a half there but it was a lovely stop off.

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ADVENT ADVENTURING/ FESTIVE WREATH & FOREST TREE DECORATING

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We were set a challenge to make a festive wreath by our friends over at ‘Mum in the Mad house’….so we accepted….
We’ve never made a real wreath as an activity before so thought we’d give it a crack…..the perfect opportunity for an adventure.
We decided to head to the forest for a festive afternoon to search out the ideal tree to decorate for our appreciation of the Christmas trees home and to leave the woods nice and sparkly for the Christmas reindeer that supposedly practice their night flight there…
We took some decorations and some garden wire, cutters, ribbon & Poundland battery operated fairy lights to make our wreaths.
Here’s how we got on…

IMG_9958.JPGwe headed into the Forest of Dean with our basket in tow

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IMG_9952.JPGthe tree looked fab and shall remain there until after Christmas when the flight reindeer finish practicing and we return to de-decorate it.
We then headed to the lake to find a spot to make our wreaths picking up pine branches as we went…and pine cones too

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….everyone collected

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IMG_9956.JPGthe lake was beautiful and we took time to reflect

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Then into our wreaths,
The picnic tables were frosty but we set up on one..

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Mila had other ideas…because she’s 5

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IMG_9942.JPGNoah bashed..

IMG_9944-0.JPGwe finished by tying ribbon on..

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IMG_9939.JPGit turned out fab!!

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IMG_9961.JPGwith the light fading we headed home..

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Thank you Mum in the Mad House, we enjoyed our challenge and our memories hang nicely on the door.

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365 STEPS TO THE EAGLES NEST VIEW POINT- FOREST OF DEAN

20140812-204205-74525934.jpgWe decided to head to the Forest of Dean to climb up to the Eagles nest view point, so with cake in hand we headed off….

We parked in Lower Wyndcliffe Car Park which is on the A466 three and a half miles north of Chepstow and just north of St Arvans, we crossed the road and followed the signs for the 365 steps.
The path leads you up the steps through woodland to the view point. The view across the bend in the Wye river includes the rocks of Wintours leap, the Severn bridges and estuary and, on a clear day, the Cotswold and Mendip hills. You also get a great view of the unique ‘hanging’ woodlands which cling to the sides of the rocks.

It was raining when we went so was quite slippery in places but it was managed by all the children including Noah (2), although we had to keep a close eye on him, help him up and down some of the larger steps and hold his hand.

The walk was like a haven for fairies and the woods looked like a prehistoric playground.

Our walk took us around 3/4 of an hour to reach the viewpoint with half an hours stop off at the top to admire the view before heading back down….

Here’s how we got on…

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20140812-204303-74583123.jpgThere was evidence of fairies in the magical twisted woodland..

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20140812-204604-74764699.jpgwe found a cave which we thought belonged to a dragon…

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20140812-204710-74830812.jpgthere were lots of steps and Noah had a helping hand…

20140812-204805-74885827.jpgHalf way up we were greeted by a beautiful glimpse of the view through a clearing in the trees…

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20140812-205027-75027175.jpgwe found a really cool tree..

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20140812-205349-75229291.jpgAND CAKE!!

20140812-205609-75369301.jpg after our cake we headed back down exploring along the way…

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20140812-210339-75819216.jpgwe even found our own Eagle in the nest to take home with us 🙂

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BLUEBELLS & BOARS IN THE FOREST OF DEAN

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Today we headed to the Forest of Dean with the intention of riding our bikes, we loaded up the car and picked up a picnic on the way, on the outskirts of Whitecroft just outside Lydney, heading towards The Forest of Dean on the road from Tescos to Clearwell we were greeted by carpets of blue blazing out from the trees, the bluebells were highly evident from the road, we stopped in a layby and entered the woods, it was beautiful… As we walked through a family of wild boar (7babies) ambled past us, it was a fantastic and unexpected treat….

I don’t think the photos need words, the beauty explains itself…
I probably took way too many photos…

Here’s how our walk in the woods looked….

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And then they left….

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It was a magical treat…