Distance - 10.2 Km - 6.35miles
Time Taken - 2hrs 10mins
Assent - 74m
Salcey Forest is a former hunting forest in the South of Northamptonshire near Newport Pagnell and was today's destination. I had been on a short course at work till 2 but had a free afternoon for a wander. There wasn't enough time for anything too long so the 6 miles of the 'Woodpecker' walk in Salcey forest seemed to fit the bill. Also after such a dry March we had recently had some rain so I figured the ground would be better underfoot in a forest.
That theory was correct for about 5/6's of the walk...
One problem with Salcey forest is that it's impossible to 'get away' from it even if you are on your own. The forest is permeated constantly by the noise from the nearby M1. Even at the far side of the walk it was never quiet. The bird song was constantly fighting an unwinnable war against the lorries and salesmen flying along the motorway.
Another problem with Salcey Forest was that it didn't feel very 'foresty', more like a number of local woods who happen to sit next to each other. I think of forests as dark, big, high tree tops yet with this forest being heavily coppiced it never felt 'big' or dark or enclosing. Maybe I just have the wrong idea of a forest?
|Mud glorious mud...|
On the whole it's a nice walk, really! Just not as enjoyable as I had hoped.