It is a wonderful time of year to head into the woods, in that moment when the bright leaves are opening but before they block out the sunlight for the other woodland plants and flowers. I spent a few sunlit days walking in North Devon, my favourite being a walk near the confluence of the East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water at Watersmeet. There’s a delightful trail through the sessile oaks down Tilly’s Ridge,where the bent branches twist and stretch towards the sun where it touches the steep valley.
And at the bottom of the path is the quaint National Trust tearoom and the temptation of cake. Better though, to walk back up the path towards Brendon, where the East Lyn tumbles through the rocks, and dippers and grey wagtails feed on the clouds of insects hovering above the fast moving water.
If you click the video link below you can see and hear it for yourself.
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