A walk into Beeley Woods

Recently the snowy weather has transformed into that of damp and misty.  The sky has been full of gray clouds, fog and mist which hides the sunlight and settles in bands across the roads and fields.  I would say that this signals the beginning of Spring, but perhaps there’s time for more snow yet before the quickening of the seasons.
With that in mind, Tiro and I went for a 6 mile trundle yesterday afternoon, through the woods near the village of Beeley.  Whilst the fog made it cool and damp, the mists gave some lovely atmospheric pictures through the trees and across the fields.

Misty Woods at Beeley

Misty Woods at Beeley

 

Misty path through Beeley Woods

Misty path through Beeley Woods

Path through Beeley Woods

Path through Beeley Woods

The ice is still very much in evidence, as the majority of the paths were covered in it, and the contrast between frozen mud when under trees and crunchy snow under the sky gave me the impression that we were on the foothills of some snow topped mountain, rather than in Derbyshire a few miles from civilization.

icy path in Beeley Woods

Icy path in Beeley Woods

Oak leaf in ice

Oak leaf in ice

There are several streams running through Beeley Woods, some of which are new due to the amount of snow and ice melting and running off the hillsides.  The water flows down small waterfalls, but the ice is still in evidence, transformed into strange landscapes and shapes at it melts and re-freezes:

Waterfall and ice

Waterfall and ice

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall

In places, the streams cut through the snow dusted landscape:

Stream cutting through Beeley Woods

Stream cutting through Beeley Woods

Stream through Beeley Woods

Stream through Beeley Woods II

Stream through Beeley Woods II

Stream through Beeley Woods III

The fog deadened the sound, so even though we talked to each other along the way, the sound of our voices and footsteps was flat, we couldn’t hear other people walking along until they came into sight.  I love the orange colours on these Silver Birch tree trunks:

Silver birch in Beeley Woods

Silver birch in Beeley Woods

The mist was covering everything in little rain droplets:

Rain droplet

Rain droplet

At the end of the walk, we emerged out from the woods, to be greeted with views across the misty valley in the failing light:

Misty valley

Misty valley

Misty valley 2

Misty valley 2

I enjoyed the walk thoroughly, even though the mist made it a little eerie at times.  Have you been out walking anywhere recently?  Where are your favorite places to go?  Just discovered a new favorite?  Drop a comment and let us know 🙂

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3 thoughts on “A walk into Beeley Woods

  1. Hello Amalasuntha:

    Your pictures are so beautiful! I wish I had a forest close to where I live. I have a question. May I use two or three of these gorgeous images (giving credit to you and your blog, of course) on my forthcoming blog entry about the International Forest Year?

  2. Hi,
    Of course 🙂 You’re welcome to use whatever you’d like 🙂
    Send us a linkk to your blog entry when it’s done – we’ve not heard of the International Forest Year!

    hugs from a snowy Chesterfield (yet again…)

    Amalasuntha

  3. Thanks! And hugs from a sunny (and quite polluted) Mexico City. I’ll send you the link (and pingback) when my entry comes out. Probably Wednesday or Thursday next week.

    Claudia

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