Early in November I took Tilly for a walk to Norton Woods above Durweston. The colours on the trees had been really changing to lovely golds and browns, the weather hadn’t been too promising and there was talk of winds on the way so I didn’t want to miss the Autumn colours. It had been raining in the morning but there was only a chance of a shower in the afternoon, so a good chance to get some pictures of the colours and wet leaves with a little sunshine.

One of my favourite views is looking over Hambledon Hill from above Enford Bottom and with the colours of the autumnal leaves at that moment it was even more beautiful. Taken from a gateway at the edge of Norton Woods, always one of my first stops on this particular walk!

Looking over Enford Bottom towards Hambledon Hill.
Looking over Enford Bottom towards Hambledon Hill.

I took the main forestry track which eventually leads to Bonsley Woods on Okeford Hill, enjoying the woodland and the peace and quiet. I was lucky enough to see a Peregrine Falcon fly across which was a bonus and I also heard a Tawny Owl deep in the woods.

Forestry track Norton Woods
Forestry track Norton Woods
Forestry track Norton Woods
Forestry track Norton Woods

Here are a few images of the woodland either side of the track. Select any of the images to see the image full size.

I turned off the main track and circled back towards where I had the car parked and the picture below is of the young Beech trees with the late autumn sun just coming through the canopy lighting a little of the undergrowth on the woodland floor.

Norton Woods late afternoon
Norton Woods late afternoon

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