Cheese, woodland & a tree trunk picnic: a walk from Nettlebed through Warburg Nature reserve
Introducing our new walking blogger: Tom Horsfield, who today writes about a stunning route starting and ending in the beautiful Chiltern’s village of Nettlebed.
The route then leads you down a long, tree-lined road which could be straight out of a period drama, after which you’re soon immersed in the stunning woodland of Warburg Nature Reserve. A sign quickly appears detailing the breathtaking abundance of flora and fauna here, and steps taken year-round to protect the landscape. Walking the peaceful forest footpath you’re accompanied by beautiful birdsong, the whistle of wind through the trees and a mosaic of light and shade on the forest floor. It’s easy to imagine the woodland in Spring-time, with a dense scattering of bluebells.
The path loops around a beautiful country cottage nestled in the idyllic woodland, then soon after via the Warburg Nature Reserve visitor centre. Upon exiting the boundaries of Warburg, the path narrows and the undergrowth becomes dense. At this point of our walk we were on the lookout for the perfect spot to enjoy our packed lunch – always a highlight of any walk in our books! We didn’t have to wait long. After crossing a road, and continuing along another wooded path, the trees give way to a vast open field, with a tree trunk sat invitingly in the sunshine.
With half-term just around the corner, check out what the Chilterns AONB has to offer!
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