Forge Valley was formed in the last ice age. [ I’ll do a post on Forge Valley Woods at a later date.]
Raincliffe Woods is a beautiful mixture of ancient and mixed woodland. But, I would say that because it is quite literally my neck of the woods… sorry about that…couldn’t resist!
Anyway, the pooch and I headed off for an early autumnal walk in these woods last week and I’ve included some of the images that I took.
A famous fan of Forge Valley Woods.
The Victorian painter John Atkinson Grimshaw [1836 – 1893], who was famous for his landscapes, did several paintings of Forge Valley.
I have walked in these woods for years, starting when I was a child. I walked with my daughter, when she was little. Hubby and I used to walk with the older grandchildren in them and I’m now looking forward to taking the youngest grandson in, to explore.
They truly are magical and special and when I take my leave of this earth I want my ashes spreading in them. Ayton, and the surrounding Forge Valley and Raincliffe Woods, is my adopted home. [Although, I hope it will be a good few years before I pop off.]
On that happy note I’m going.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and have a great Wednesday night.
Until the next time.