Golden Beacon

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51728

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51728

Beacon Hill Woods

Near Shepton Mallet in Somerset these woods are looked after by the Beacon Hill Society along with the Woodland Trust.  Obviously, they do a great job as it is a wonderful place.  To me it is at its best in autumn when the early morning light illuminates the golden beach leaves.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51694H

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51694H

In November the dawn sun cuts across the lower edge of the wood and pours into the bottom corner.  To reach this spot follow the track south from the car park and carefully drop down the steep bank.

Beacon Hill Autumn - Somerset, Uk. ID JB5_4564

Beacon Hill Autumn – Somerset, Uk. ID JB5_4564

The small boundary stones get the best of the first light.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51849

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51849

The light reaches deep into the wood.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51749

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51749

The woodland floor is covered in golden leaves that shine bright in the dawn light.  A chance to make some long shadows!

Beacon Hill Autumn - Somerset, Uk. ID JB5_4542

Beacon Hill Autumn – Somerset, Uk. ID JB5_4542

As the day gets underway the sun reaches the top of the trees in the main part of the wood.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR52093

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR52093

Cutting deep into the wood.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51997

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51997

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51932

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51932

Careful where you put your feet to avoid the numerous clumps of toadstools.

Toadstools - Beacon Hill Wood, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR69928

Toadstools – Beacon Hill Wood, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR69928

At its heart is this large standing stone.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51968

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51968

And finally…

The woods sit at the top of a hill that look out around the Somerset countryside.

Beacon Hill Woods - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51880

Beacon Hill Woods – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID BR51880

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