These are some pictures of a Local Walk I did fairly recently
- Down by Ruspidge, behind the football "pitch" [Anyone
who has played or watched there will know that there is a
distinct 15° slope so "pitch" is an appropriate word]
and on down the old 'Tramway' that took the Forest Coal out of
At the time of year the photos on this page were taken, in November, the forest has a
special magic from the various colours as the leaves on the trees
start to shed. They're not so dramatic as the "Fall"
colours in North America - but still worth a pause and a good
Of course, it's part of our Industrial Heritage - Once there
were mines and quarries here, there and everywhere. You can just
see the remnants of the old quarry cliff in the background - just
behind the telephone wire going across the picture.
Nowadays, this once busy mining track (wide enough to take a
tramcar loaded with minerals down the valley and an empty one
back into the forest) is only used as a sheep containment and for
4-wheel drive access into the forest by "Sheep Badgers"
(Foresters with hereditary free-grazing rights for sheep).