Abbie Bennington: Autumn has arrived at The Look OutBy Abbie Bennington
September 27, 2012
Online columnist Abbie Bennington writes food and lifestyle features for getwokingham.
She wrapped up warm and went to discover what Berkshire has to offer this autumn
Autumn is firmly upon us and if the chill in the morning air wasn’t enough of a hint then the squally showers that we have seen in recent days has finally confirmed it.
Far from feeling sad as we say goodbye to a mixed summer of sunshine and showers I welcome this time of year, when the colours change from bleached blonde and verdant green to fiery oranges and deep browns.
I have relished the chance to explore the area, as we welcome the pumpkin, open fire, coat and glove season.
So it was with great pleasure and my trusty pets alongside that I headed off to Swinley Forest to explore the changing seasons in the heart of the region’s dense woodland.
I have been lucky enough to visit the forest a number of times over the six months that I have lived in Wokingham. However, this early bright autumn morning was my favourite.
I parked up in the Look Out and Discovery Centre car park and paid my two pounds. This recent parking charge has left a bitter taste in many a dog walkers and ramblers mouths as a quick trot to the forest with furry pet in tow will always cost a minimum of two pounds. Nevertheless a leisurely stroll makes the cost worthwhile.
So with my two, four legged friends by my side I walked into the forest and let the path take me along. The lush green ferns were turning chestnut in the early autumn sun and I ambled along taking a different path each time I turned a new corner trying to get a little lost amongst the tall trees and burnished bracken.
Crossing through the occasional gate I followed the ramblers route for a while, then the all ability trail and finally the sign back to the Look Out.
The path saw me walking up little hills and dips, twists and turns. I saw mushrooms springing up thanks to the recent rain, crows cawing and other dogs barking in the nearby distance.
A quick stop for a warming hot chocolate at the Look Out and we hopped back into the car, dogs tired and my cheeks flushed from the fresh pine scented air.
All in all it was a few pounds well spent as I witnessed the arrival of one of the most colourful of seasons here in the heart of Berkshire.