Pawprint Series: An Autumn Walk

West Walk, Forest of Bere My favourite time of year is when summer turns to Autumn and you see a final burst of activity in the forests and woods around Hampshire, where leaves turn golden in the intermittent spotlights of sunlight, streaming through the trees and undergrowth. Park Wood, Forest of Bere As you walk…

Pawprint Series: Park Wood

It might come as no particular surprise to discover that Park Wood on the old London Road in Waterlooville was once part of the ancient Forest of Bere that covered most of southern England. Nurtured today by a group of friendly and committed volunteers under the overall purview of The Woodlands Trust, Park Wood is a small…

Pawprint series: West Walk

As anyone will know if you live on the South Coast – most of the open spaces and wooded parts we have left today to explore were once part of the ancient Forest of Bere.  In fact I think everywhere I have recently walked with The Hound has been a part of it – even…

Remember remember the fifth of November …

For me, Cowdray House in Midhurst, West Sussex, is one of this country’s most beautiful and desolate ruins.  It seems such a elegant facade and from a distance, appears almost perfect, that it seems positively sinful to have let it go to rack and ruin.  I guess, however, when you have a number of country estates…

Surrey’s Secret Beach: Frensham Great Pond

The Hound can hardly believe it – we are at Frensham Great Pond and there’s sand and water – a sight he’d only previously associated with West Wittering Beach.  Yes, he was in his element for in the summer months I am told, Frensham Great Pond offers a beach environment for the people of landlocked…

Pawprint Series: Little Frensham Pond

I came across Frensham Little Pond when I was visiting Watts Gallery recently in Surrey.  I mentioned it in passing to The Hound and of course, he immediately wanted to visit – well water, trees, undergrowth, other dogs – what’s not to love for a friendly doggie? Both Frensham Little Pond and its sister, Frensham Great…

Pawprint Series: A splendid beach in West Sussex

I know I have written about it before but I am penning this as a devoted dog owner.  It being, of course, the West Wittering Estate in West Sussex and if you love a pristine, white sandy beach, then this is the place to be. Dog owners, like me, use the far end of the beach, past…

Box Hill’s Stepping Stones

This week, I am still staying in the Surrey Hills area, (my new favourite place to visit) but this time, there’s a watery theme. One of the most popular parts of the National Trust’s Stepping Stones walk in Box Hill is undoubtedly the walk across the River Mole by way of the 17 hexagonal stepping…

It’s Box Hill Baby!

What I love about working in PR is that it introduces you to new destinations and new experiences.  Yes of course I knew about Box Hill and the 2012 Box Hill Climb from the Olympics but I hadn’t realised before visiting personally just how beautiful the Surrey Hills area actually is. The views from the top…

An open-air museum of historic buildings

This is one of the most intriguing of museums – effectively an open-air museum of historic buildings.  The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in the Lavant Valley displays 50 traditional buildings in a rural landscape of 50-acres, telling the story of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a…