Thursday I took a bus to Whitwell and walked back home. I’d never really heard of Whitwell wood until I read a blog I’ve recently found. (Which does a much better job than me of describing the wood)
I’m limited by the vagaries of bus timetables and my stamina. This turned out to be one of my longer walks at just over eight miles. I’m not very good at uphill walking: the hips ache after a very short ascent. After the first half mile or so out of Whitwell to the wood, most of this walk is downhill fortunately.
Here is a map of the entire eight plus miles walk …
… and here a map of the first bit:
Whitwell wood is said, at 420 acres or 171 hectares, to be the largest wood in Europe. It seems to be used mostly for dog walkers, I saw at least seven with an average of three dogs each in the short time it took me to walk through. Plenty of fungi in the underbrush at the side of the path. I walked straight through almost due north along one of the drives.
Down the bottom of the north edge of the wood is Bondhay Dyke which for a distance marks the Yorkshire:Derbyshire boundary. Slightly to the west is the “Ginny spring”, marked by a small, very damp area of meadow.
Ginny Spring is a small flush on the Magnesian Limestone. It has a very rich flora including species such as marsh helleborine Epipactis palustris, green helleborine Epipactis phyllanthes and broad-leaved cotton-grass Eriophorum latifolium which are rare in the north midlands and for which this is the only known site in Derbyshire. Other plants present which are also rare in Derbyshire include common butterwort Pinguicula vulgaris, bog pimpernel Anagallis tenella, columbine Aquilegia vulgaris, fragrant orchid Gymnadenia conopsea, few-flowered spikerush Eleocharis quinqueflora and bird’s nest orchid Neottia nidus-avis. Source
Once over the dyke a ten foot high bund surrounds what appears to be an ornamental lake.
Changed lens from 70-300 to 18-70