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Friday, 9 January 2009

Cowdray Forest

At this time of year, if you are very quiet, you may observe the wild animals of the forest. One here is in her winter coat, whilst the dominant male has kept his summer brown fur.

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The deadline is approaching for submitting walks to the Mid Sussex Ramblers next program of walks. So we decided to check out Cowdray forest south of Crawley as a potential area to walk.
This is a jewel of a forest and well worth exploring.
These magnificent pines were planted in 1924.

I had in mind a walk to or from Tilgate. Unfortunately, the public footpaths near the railway line resembled a rubbish tip, including the kitchen sink, a cooker and other detritus. So regrettably I am put off walking paths near Crawley in this area. The forest is stunning though - especially in sub-zero temperatures. I hope to lead an evening walk here in the next program, avoiding the public footpaths and staying on forest tracks. Join us then. It was a magical and beautiful place on this day.


Sophia said...

I'm pleased to see that the dominant male bear has dressed appropriately for the picnic by wearing a bow tie.

EB said...

I was on that walk only about a couple of hours ago! So there are bloggers a bit closer than the Pacific NW, or even New Jersey :) Lovely pictures.

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