It’s always nice to discover somewhere new which is also close to home. Over the Easter weekend we were catching up with my brother and SIL in Northamptonshire and they suggested going for a walk not far from where they live. Bluebells had been spotted so we spent the afternoon exploring Hazelborough Wood with them and their dog.
Hazelborough Wood is a Forestry England run woodland on the outskirts of Silverstone in South Northamptonshire. There’s free parking available but no other facilities and paths aren’t waymarked but routes are easy to follow.
The bluebells had just started flowering and I can imagine over the next week or two they will provide a really good carpet of blue. Jess the dog led the way and my son was soon hunting out the best sticks.
He even found one stick that was taller than his Dad.
Dried leaves on the paths were just too tempting to resist.
One thing that really struck us was how few people we came across on our walk, it made for a tranquil afternoon. Although you are quite close to the Silverstone racing circuit and we could hear motorbikes racing from time to time. But that didn’t bother any of us as we are all racing fans anyway.
It was just lovely to spend time exploring Hazelborough Wood without sharing the space with anyone else.
I got to experiment with shutter speeds and camera shake again to try and capture a Monet moment. I haven’t tried it for a while and am not entirely pleased with the results but it’s fun to try something different from time to time.
We all got to have fun on a lovely warm April afternoon exploring Hazelborough Wood, and even though my son wasn’t feeling 100 percent on the day, the smile was still there.
And there was a family photo opportunity thanks to my brother, a photo of the three of us is very rare indeed!
Sometimes all you need is a bit of fresh air, good company and a few hours away from the norm to recharge batteries. We certainly felt we’d got that on the day and we look forward to revisiting Hazelborough Wood again in the future.
Where have you been bluebell spotting recently?