The adventure began in Pensford, a village not far from Bristol.
At the start of the walk we passed through Culvery Wood, where the beautiful wood anenomes were in full bloom.
After walking along next to the River Chew then across some fields we arrived at Stanton Drew, and soon spotted the standing stones. I stopped to read the information sign. The stones have been there a very long time, about 4500 years.
Here I am wandering around the stones…
I stopped for a little rest on this one, and wondered about what life must have been like 4500 years ago.
There are three more stones away from the main circles that can be found in the garden behind The Druid’s Arms (a pub).
They are known as ‘The Cove’ and it is thought that they were used for special ceremonies such as weddings.
The Druid’s Arms was closed, I would have liked a cider but enjoyed my orange instead.
After a little rest we set off back towards Pensford through country lanes and footpaths.
I said ‘Hello’ to some donkeys but they were so busy grazing they didn’t notice me.
The llama in the next field spotted me, but I felt a bit vulnerable with no fence between us so I didn’t hang around.
We also had to cross a field full of sheep, they were also busy munching grass.
My little legs were starting to get quite tired, fields are big areas for small bears to walk across.
We finally got back to Pensford as the sun was going down.
The circular walk was about 6 miles in total. Lots of interesting things to see, if you live in the area and enjoy walking I recommend this route.
It’s the time of year when pumpkins have all finished growing and humans use pumpkins to celebrate Halloween. Saltram have placed pumpkins around the garden for children and bears to find. Here we are in front of the house.
We soon found our first pumpkin.
We helped the gardener for a little while.
Nye spotted a tiny pumpkin with the statue.
We set off down an avenue of trees…
Soon found another pumpkin…
….and another one!
We had to stop for a photo with the beautiful cyclamen.
Here we are with another pumpkin, it is inside the folly behind us.
Through the drain grill we could see a pumpkin underneath the folly.
We found a tunnel underneath….
…and found the pumpkin we could see from above.
Outside again we discovered this one.
Underneath the chestnut tree was a pumpkin that had split in half.
We got a bit distracted from pumpkin hunting. We wondered about asking for a ride on the tractor but the gardener was hiding so we opted for a selfie sat in the shovel.
It was quite a surprise to find a pumpkin underneath a lemon tree.
Nye found this little pumpkin in the orangery where there weren’t any oranges.
Near the house this little pumpkin was watching us.
The last pumpkin was found on the way out. We counted 12 pumpkins altogether; I don’t know whether or not we found them all.
Before leaving for home we enjoyed cups of tea. Pumpkin hunting is thirsty work!
There are many many trees to see at Westonbirt Arboretum. To begin I went up to see the tree tops on the high trail.
It was very interesting to see the trees high up.
Further along there was a good view of the wood works where people were busy making things.
There is an interesting information board on the walkway explaining how trees get their nutrients and water up to the leaves at the top.
I was hoping to climb up even higher to a platform around a tall tree’s trunk but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance.
At one point bees were busy and as the walkway was in their flight path I didn’t hang around.
At the end of the walkway there is a splendid sculpture featuring three dogs.
The day was very hot so I spent a while sitting under a very big tree.
There was also a very tidy bivouac.
I think this was my favourite tree in the Arboretum.
It is a Japanese Paper Maple.
The young trees are kept inside little fenced areas to keep them safe. This one is a honey locust tree.
There was a strange carved house for little people. A wizardry type of chap with a woodpecker on his head were above the door for fairies.
I was very surprised to come across the Gruffalo’s child wandering in the Silk Wood.
Somehow I managed to get caught up in some burdock. It is like the prickly side of velcro and my fur is the soft side.
Thankfully I managed to get free.
This is a special composting station where wood chips used for mulch are stored. The heaps get hot which sterilises them.
To start with I thought these flowers were crocuses growing at the wrong time. My human thinks they are some kind of anemone.
Sometimes you just have to lie under trees.
The view from the ground made me feel very small.
Another young tree safe it its cage. This one is a Japanese Maple (Westonbirt Spreading Star).
There are many miles of paths in the Arboretum. I think I travelled about 6 miles. (I did spend a little time in the bear carrier)
Many trees from all around the world big and small.
I was jolly pleased to find some honey bees…
I did rather jump when I spotted The Gruffalo! He is actually very friendly.
Mouse was busy with an acorn.
Fox let me have a little ride.
Then Owl was so busy being wise and thoughtful he didn’t lend a wing and help me up!
Squirrel was a happy fellow
And Snake fortunately didn’t eat me.
After so much walking about my legs were getting very tired and tummy hungry so we headed back towards the cafe.
I settled for cinnamon bun and some ice cream. Yum yum yum…
When I got home I discovered that I still had burdock burst stuck on my fur. The burdock plant is very good at distributing its seeds that way. I shall plant them in a pot and see if they grow baby burdock bushes.