Upon moving to Devon in 2005 (having lived in the North of England my entire life until then) I made a list of places I wanted to explore. Most of them we visited in the first couple of years - Dartmoor, Exmoor, Dorset and we've made it across the south of England to Hampshire and even Sussex a couple of times. What we hadn't managed until this week was to visit the Forest of Dean. The Forest of Dean is in Gloucestershire, about 2 hours drive from Exeter, and is somewhere I remember very well from holidays during my childhood.
Despite there being no signpost to the carpark we managed to park at the south end of Soudley Ponds - a series of 4? large interconnected ponds.
We were lucky enough to see several fish
both hawker and darter dragonflies (though as usual only the darters settled for a photograph)
and a little lizard.
Now all I have to do is to make it over to Cornwall sometime. Cornwall still seems so far away, even when you live in Devon!
Cranberry and pear sauce (2 colours)
4 years ago