We’ve finally started seeing some hot, summery weather and with family visiting have been looking for somewhere to go for fun that’s out of the heat. Woodland is excellent for keeping cool on warm days so I opted to take the family to Penn Wood, one of the largest woods near to us and somewhere I’ve enjoyed returning to over the past few years.
The woods were an instant hit with Tilly, who set about running around the trees, throwing leaves around and generally having a ball.
We soon discovered a den, which became the focus of Tilly’s adventures in the woodland.
While Tilly played with her grandparents around the den, I decided to take a longer walk around the woods, as I’d heard that volunteers had recently been carrying out improvement works. Perhaps it was the season but the wood was far more spectacular than I remembered it from previous visits. The rhododendron was in bloom and lining what were originally ornamental drives.
On the way back from a circular walk around the south-western area of the wood, I came upon this pleasant spot to rest for a moment. I hadn’t met a soul on this Thursday afternoon and having some quiet time amongst nature was quite a rejuvenating experience.
I rejoined the family where Tilly was continuing to have a great time in the area around the den, going to show that whether you explore an area big or small, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time.
Practicalities: Penn Wood is located off the A404 by Penn Street, between Amersham and High Wycombe.
Facilities: The Squirrel pub in Penn Street has both baby change and an excellent playground in its garden.
Parking: Is available at various points around the wood as well as in Penn Street.
Map: Details of the wood including its history are available from the Woodland Trust website (PDF).
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