Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Walk Through Duntally Wood

This morning, we set out to find the entrance to the trail that winds through Duntally Wood, a small nature reserve quite near to where we're staying. I was pretty sure we were on the edge of it yesterday, but we didn't see an entrance. I also knew there was an entrance on the main road into town, because I'd seen a handmade sign from the bus as we came into town the other day. I wasn't sure, though, how far the sidewalk went, so we opted to take the same back road behind the bus stop and, instead of turning left to go up the hill towards Doe castle, as we did yesterday, we kept going straight. As we walked along the curvy road, we spotted a gate with an information sign just inside--just what we were looking for.
What a beautiful place this is! The birds were singing and there was so much green! We found out that there are three entrance/exit gates on various branches of the trail. We saw one guy with his dog, not far from where we started (they'd come in a different way than we did), but other than that, there was no one else around. We followed the trail, choosing a direction when we came to a fork in the trail. We went to the end, turned around and came back, then chose the path we'd not been on yet--we walked all the trail options.

rocks and reflections
companion on the trail

ferns, ferns, ferns

good place for a picnic

moss cap on the rock--and ferns

I enjoyed this walk a lot. It was so lovely and tranquil. May there be beauty and tranquility in your day as well.


NanaDiana said...

My gosh, Shari! I can just about smell that lush greeness there. Just beautiful. I am so glad that you and Bill were able to walk all the trails. Looks like you have found a new favorite spot to walk when you want to go off the beaten path. xo Diana

Aritha said...

O you make me very happy. What a nice photos. Love the fern plants. They are so interesting! But that yellow flower ... Never seen.

Vicki said...

What a beautiful & peaceful place to spend some time. I love the photos, and I've never seen a flower growing on a fern!