Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A Walk round the Hawkwood Estate - part 3 of 3

Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 25, 30 August 2016
Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 25, 30 August 2016.
This is the last in a series of three posts following a walk around the Hawkwood Estate with an iPhone camera. 

Here I was past the halfway point and going mostly downhill.  Some parts of the route can be done along the edges of fields as shown in this first photo ...

Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 26, 30 August 2016
Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 26, 30 August 2016
But I took the woodland path instead.  It is not far away and goes the same way.  There are many well-defined paths through local woodlands, though I see very few people there.  I heard voices while I was in Petts Wood, and in a couple of these iPhone photos people are visible in the distance, but even on a fine day like this it was hardly crowded.

Flushers Pond.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 27, 30 August 2016
Flushers Pond.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 27, 30 August 2016
The path skirts Flushers Pond.  I had to duck through a fence to take this photo.  In wet weather, the level is higher and the water comes right up to the fence.

Redshank, Persicaria maculosa.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 28,, 30 August 2016
Redshank, Persicaria maculosa.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 28, 30 August 2016
A stand of Redshank in a more open part of the wood.  You can buy related Persicarias as garden plants.

Redshank, Persicaria maculosa.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate, 30 August 2016
Redshank, Persicaria maculosa.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate, 30 August 2016
These are the flowers closer to.  Not many plants start to flower at this time of year.  Most, even those still with open flowers, started some while ago.

Greater Plantain, Plantago major.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate, 30 August 2016
Greater Plantain, Plantago major.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate, 30 August 2016
Like this Greater Plantain in the same spot, which has brown, ripe fruiting spikes.  Greater Plantain is a common sight near, and sometimes even on pathways because it can withstand quite a lot of being walked on.

Wild Clematis, Clematis vitalba, Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 29, 30 August 2016
Wild Clematis to the right of the path, known as Traveller's Joy when flowering and Old Man's Beard later when it has hairy fruits. 

Information board.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 30, 30 August 2016
Information board.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 30, 30 August 2016
An information board!  Complete with a map that points to where you are.  I have been following more or less the yellow route.  My starting point was at the very leftmost point on that route.

Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 31, 30 August 2016
Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 31, 30 August 2016
 You could hardly miss this path - it has more signs than a city street.  A dog walker is just visible in the distance.

The small yellow arrow points to an alternative route that goes past Tong Farm.

Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 32, 30 August 2016
Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 32, 30 August 2016
Further on it is once again possible to bypass the woods, with a view over fields that look more rough than the neat grass elswehere.  This field is off the edge of the estate. 

Graffitied tree.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 33, 30 August 2016
Graffitied tree.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 33, 30 August 2016
One of the paths through the wood goes past this elaborate graffiti, so elaborate that I can't really tell what it says.  Lacey?  The hearts show that it is a love message, anyway. 

Pond Wood.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 34, 30 August 2016
Pond Wood.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 34, 30 August 2016
This is the second pond on this walk, in the usefully named Pond Wood.  It doesn't seem to have a name, but if it did, I expect it would be Wood Pond.

Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 35, 30 August 2016
Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 35, 30 August 2016
The path leads out to that same rough field seen earlier.  At the bottom of this slope is a footbridge over the Kyd Brook, near the start point.


Kyd Brook.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 36, 30 August 2016
Kyd Brook.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 36, 30 August 2016
There's the brook, and a path with a sign which is an alternative entry point to this walk.  But I went straight past this path - my route went from left to right, just behind where I was standing to take this.

Start and finish point.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 37, 30 August 2016
Start and finish point.  Walk round the Hawkwood Estate 37, 30 August 2016
And back to the start!  That walk took me about an hour and a quarter, but I walk fast.  Good exercise in good countryside.

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