The Kennels News
Walk the Forest
Saturday 10th August saw Darren Norris, Goodwood’s Forestry Manager, leading a walk for Members into Goodwood’s woodland.
Setting off at 10.30am from The Kennels, Darren led the 20-strong group into the Estate, along the wooded paths offering them fascinating insights into the history of the grand trees of the forest and the wildlife that it is home to.
First stop on the walk was Carnés Seat to admire the views across the Estate and to Chichester and the Solent beyond before the group proceeded into Birdless Grove, home to the Festival of Speed rally stage. Along the way, Darren shared his knowledge about the various trees and their uses plus the wide range of diseases that our native trees are suffering from. Darren commented on the relaxed atmosphere of the walk, “A great crowd with plenty of good questions and observations of their own which added to the gentle flowing nature of the walk”.
The walkers then headed onwards and upwards towards Counters Gate Park, within close proximity of the Goodwood Racecourse, and on to Pilley Green for another breath-taking view of Chichester and the surrounding area before dropping down into The Winkins for lunch.
Fine picnic fare
A mixed forest area with compartments of Beech, Norway Spruce and Douglas Fir, with plenty of butterflies and open spaces, The Wilkins makes for the perfect picnic area. Kennels General Manager Lise Hutton and Head Chef Richard Judd had worked hard to set up an enviable rest stop complete with comfortable cushions, blankets and rustic fire pits in the sun-dappled clearing which came as a welcome surprise to the explorers after their long walk.
Head Chef Richard prepared a delicious picnic of sandwiches, toasted over the fire pits using freshly cut hazel sticks, followed by a decadent treat of scrambled eggs and wild mushrooms topped of with a generous slither of truffle. All washed down the Goodwood Ale, the wonderful fare was greatly appreciated after a morning’s hike through the woodland.
After a restful lunch, the walk back took the nature-lovers down the valley, past the picturesque dew pond to Goodwood Home Farm and then back into Goodwood Park via the farm’s dairy. They walked across the mature parkland, admiring the ancient Cedars, and then through Garlic Wood finally arriving back at The Kennels completing an impressive 4 ½ hour walk.
In the words of Darren, "It was a long trek and the walkers all did extremely well on such a warm day. I certainly felt like I had had a good walk by the time I got home! Great company, great food and wonderful scenery.”