I thought I'd add some music to this post for a change as I tend to have it playing when I'm putting the post together. So hit play and let is run in the background as you read on.
I tend to keep an eye out for places to visit when driving locally and last week spotted the sign for Beaulieau Heath and made a mental note to take the children there one evening after school. I had spotted a tump there that intrigued me, a mound that, like so much of the New Forest, glowed yellow with sandy soil.
The walk from the car park to the mound can either be along a wide pathway, or as we did, you can head off along one of the many little paths, forged by New Forest ponies and people over the year. It is an interesting and varied walk at the moment, as you will see below, starting off with ferns and heather alive with the buzz of friendly bumble bees leading to stark burnt gorse.
'The dark spooky and scary forest of doom' as Ozzy called it. It felt like quite the adventure and you can't see the mound until you are quite close, there were squeals when it came into view.
The whole walk took and hour and a half - but a good 40 minutes of that was spent climbing up and then running back down the mound. It's so thrilling to see your children running full pelt down hill, barely able to catch their breath, hair streaming out behind them.
The Forestry Commission Car Park at Beaulieu Heath is large - as is the scope for adventures.