Beacon Hill

My second visit to Beacon Hill this autumn. Compared to the quick rush around the wood in bad light mid-week today I had more time on the weekend to enjoy my visit and properly explore.

The sun takes a time to burn off the mist at this time of year and the wood was still sitting in the autumn fog. These conditions were perfect for atmosphere and creating the impression of depth through the layers of trees. The autumn colours are still not at their peak especially in the lower part of the wood at the bottom of the steep slope.

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1261

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1261

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1266

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1266

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1274

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1274

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1281

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1281

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1318

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1318

The Standing Stone

If you want a wood with history then this is it.  It has three round borrows and the Romain Fosse way road passes though.  In the centre of the wood is a standing stone.  Apparently, it is not clear why the stone is on top of one of the barrows.  Perhaps it was recently moved to this more prominent position?

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1289

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1289

The Woodland Floor

Covered in golden beech leaves and an array of fungi.  I would love to come back and just explore the woodland floor for those little details that are vital to the wood.

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1334

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1334

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1324

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1324

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1325

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1325

Location, location, location is everything and placed in the middle of a woodland ride, like a squash racket,  this spider got things about perfect.  Except its a bit cold to catch anything flying about at this time of year.  Good effort!

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1329

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1329

And Finally…

Back at the entrance to the wood and the gate to the car park.

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1352

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1352

 

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