Another from my ‘Scenes from Sunday’ series, where I hope to share our Sunday adventures every week. This Sunday we drove an hour south from Bristol to Somerset and the Quantock hills, hoping to see purple heather, wild ponies and far reaching views. What I wasn’t expecting was a huge connection to nature….
This adventure was chosen by Dan, who researched a place to start our walk. Driving south, we arrived in a deep pine forest and parked in the Forestry Commission car park. What a beautiful valley, tall pines and a small stream running through. Families were enjoying the sunshine in the valley clearing, having picnics and bbqs.
Leaving the valley floor behind we took a steep, a bit too steep for me, foot path up the hillside, passing through the forest til we reached the moorland at the top. Trees and ferns gave way to gorse and purple heather.
And there we found wild ponies. Shaggy coats with wild matted manes, these glorious creatures were so calm and majestic. I expected, with noise we were making, for them to take one look at us and run.. but no! One beautiful mare walked slowly towards us and let us stroke her. Oh what an experience. Charlie fell in love, kept asking if she had an owner and if not could we have her. What in our garden? errr… But I totally understand how he felt.
A wonderful few hours in a new to use part of the world. We shall be back! And this time to visit more of the moorland, I have an urge to play in the heather!