This visit is to the Neroche forest. Originally on the western edge of the Royal hunting forest of Neroche the land was sold to become part of the Orchard Portman estate in 1627 which then passed to the Forestry Commission in 1947 following crippling death duties.
1.00 Return to vehicles and travel a short distance to start of afternoon visit where packed lunch can be eaten around the lake at Wych Lodge.
2.00 Afternoon session starts to visit the giant Piddle Oaks, a collection of ancient Oaks. These were pollarded at some point in distant history and would have been managed as part of a pasture woodland but are now ‘forgotten’ giants lurking in the depths of the wood
Walking is moderately difficult and will involve walking through woodland (not on established tracks), crossing streams, and negotiating slopes which can be slippery after rain.