Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Walking with Giants in Dorset

We spent the August Bank Holiday weekend down in Dorset with Declan and Hannah! The four of us stayed at the beautiful Greenfields Forest camp site which is the perfect antidote to city life. The campsite consists of a shady forest with space for ten pitches spread right out through the trees so you get your own little clearing with a camp fire in the middle. The campsite is run by Foo and her husband who also breed deer in the nearby pine coppice (you can buy venison burgers and sausages for your supper as well as eggs!). There is also a gaggle of geese that roam through the long grass and look like something from a children's picture book! It's absolutely silent at night and so lovely and peaceful to wake up to in the morning! Here's a little peek at what we got up to...

We arrived at about 6 O'clock on Friday due to the Bank Holiday traffic. The boys pitched the tents whilst Hannah and I foraged for firewood amongst the long grass. We cooked venison burgers over the BBQ for our supper and sat round the campfire wrapped up in blankets well into the night.

The following day we took a walk to the nearby village of Cerne Abbas to visit the famous Cerne Abbas Giant (or, 'Willy Man' as he's perhaps better known...by us at least). He was carved out of the chalky hill over 2,000 years ago and there are several theories as to his origin - some believe him to be a medieval fertility God and you can see why...

You can't make him out too clearly in my photos as you need to be up in the air to get the full effect - you can see an aerial photograph here.

After admiring the giant we set off for a long walk across the fields - it was windy and more than a little bit rainy but we didn't let the weather stop us!

I even dusted off my old Holga camera! I took a roll of 12 x medium format film and can't wait to see the results!

After having the cobwebs thoroughly blown away and admiring the spectacular views of rolling green hills we came to a tree and couldn't resist climbing! After each pulling a few muscles and reminding ourselves exactly how old we are we headed back through the corn fields to the village of Cerne Abbas for a well earned pint.

Isn't Cerne Abbas pretty? You can see some more lovely photos of our adventures over on Hannah's beautiful photography blog here!

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