Not what we were expecting but, isn't that what's so enjoyable about walking in the English countryside!What am I on about?
Well it was the surprise near the end of our walk.
Our 5.1885 mile route has been saved and can be found at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6230970
It includes walking through 3 woodlands Kirklees Wood, America Wood and Borsdane Wood. The latter two skirting the banks of Borsdane Brook.
Lichens, evident on many of the bushes and trees,
as we followed clear paths.
Moss warming the bottom of tree trunks, attempting to access light, provided bright green splashes of colour on the woodland floor. (mainly on the North facing side of the trunk)
The section between Kirklees Wood and America Wood took us past Hindley Hall and the associated Golf Course.
Upon entering America Wood we followed a path above Borsdane Brook,
that we could see below us.
Descending, via steps,
we continue along the bank of the brook through the two woodlands.
Among the usual spring flowers,Chris spotted a patch of Butterbur.
Apart from dog owners, that just cannot control their dogs, the walk along the banks of
Borsdane Brook was very enjoyable.
Then, just before we reached the end of Borsdane Wood we saw a poster.
In fact lots of posters along with the Pigs being used for woodland conservation. One poster asks dog owners to put dogs on leads.
Not one of them, in this area, did as asked!
It's not the dogs that need the training!
How nice however, to see Pigs in natural environments, being used for conservation.