Swell Wood

A second visit to RSPB Swell Wood, not to visit the brilliant herons, but instead I wanted to see the spring flowers on the Scarp Trail.  This walk is a sea of bluebells and yellow celandines.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8046

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8046

The Scarp Trail

The scarp trail is a short walk at just over a mile.  The footpath is steep in places but the woodland trail is in excellent condition following lots of work to improve the steps.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8016

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8016

The start of the trail is very pretty in the dappled shade.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8028

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8028

To the right of the path are a series of open glades full of bluebells. On the left is a steep bank covered in bluebells leading down as far as you can see.

The Loop

Access down the steep scarp is difficult, but at the far end of the trail is The Loop.  In the loop the steps give you the chance to explore the bottom of the wood.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8140

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8140

Today was a strange weather day and half-way down the steps I had to take cover from rain and snow.  Snow in April is exciting but this snow was wet and slushy and did not settle.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8142

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8142

Gaps between the dark shower clouds illuminated the woodland picking out individual trees.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8199

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8199

The bottom of the loop is a sea of bluebells.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8231

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8231

The woods glowed in the low afternoon sun.

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8243

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8243

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8233

Swell Wood – Somerest, UK, ID 810_8233

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