WARNING: This next paragraph contains self pity, wallowing and despair which may not be appropriate for all audiences.
The past couple of weeks have been a bit poop. Firstly, little Miss Megan has passed. I’m so sad and not quite sure what to do with myself. She was a little angel on earth and I’m absolutely gutted. Dogs are so special and Megan really was one of the best. Secondly, there’s been another passing… my motorbike. After buying it and riding it for around five hours in total, it conked out as I was riding down a hill and wouldn’t start up again. The rectifier was over charging my battery and it almost blew up whilst I was sat on it, great! I have bought a prize lemon. With no news on New Zealand opening it’s boarders, working a job I don’t enjoy and having little time to myself, it feels a bit like everything is going down hill… without any power… Just like my motorbike.
Taking day trips away from everything helps. So with the wallowing in my own self pity out of the way, let me tell you about my lovely day trip to Puzzlewood.
Puzzlewood is truly magical and a great place to forget reality. With its winding trails and twisting trees its just like an enchanted forest straight from a fairytale. There’s no wrong way to go around this trail but with its many pathways, it’s easy to get a bit lost. Located in the historic Forest of Dean, this was incredible to explore. Perhaps I should of worn my walking boots and not left them in the boot of my car though, whoops.
I came here with my good friend Lucy. She lives in Malvern, so we try to meet somewhere half way that’s new to both of us. To get to Puzzlewood from Bristol takes roughly 45 minutes depending on traffic which surprisingly wasn’t too bad for a change!
In Roman times Puzzlewood was originally used for mining iron ore. After this, it was left for nature to reclaim itself, I would say its done a pretty great job of it. With the exception of the pathways which were created in in the 1800s, the site remains unchanged and mother nature still holds a firm grip on her forest. Well apart from a few banisters, seats and bridges.
Puzzlewood has been used for many film sets in its past including; Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes, The Huntsman, The Secret Garden, Jack the Giant Slayer, Doctor Who and many more. With its unique surroundings its the perfect set for any fantasy story. I was surpised that Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings weren’t filmed here however, Puzzlewood is rumoured to of been an inspiration for both books and films.
You can’t tell but we had a gorgeous sunny day. The trees give such a thick coverage its like being under a giant green blanket.
At the end of our walk we had lovely little picnic and went around to see the animals. I have decided that one day I would like to have a few goats, a couple of donkeys and perhaps a couple of cows. That’s a long with the dogs and cats of course. I’m not a huge fan of horses but I’m sure a couple of Shetland Ponies could fit into the farm family.
Sorry this post isn’t my usual style, I don’t usually use this as a place to moan but there we go. I promise my next one will be more upbeat! Life permitting of course 😉