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Sunday 5 June 2011

Common Spotted & Fragrant Orchids on a 5 miles circular walk from Box Hill

From the National Trust parking east of the viewpoint on Box Hill, we set off in light rain, through the woods to Juniper Top and this great view northwards with Juniper Hall in the valley.  Click on the picture to enlarge it.
The air was heady with the scent of wild privet.
And as we descended there were lots of Common Spotted-orchids, including this white one.
Descending further down the Northern side of Juniper Top we entered the zone where a different orchid thrives.
Fragrant orchids.  It is worth getting wet knees to place a nostril next to this flower to experience its wonderful fragrance.

We took the path westwards past High Ashurst Outdoor Education Center and then south to Box Hill village.  On the way were Twayblades, above.
The path by Brocham Warren and through Oak Wood brought us back to the car.  It was a lovely walk in the welcomed rain; even if I did take a tumble when I slipped on a wet tree root.

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