Dipper offers a reprieve from the sometimes cold and bleak days of February

A Perfect Woodland Walk

‘I’ve found a place where an angler suffering from the winter blues can shelter from all but the harshest of conditions, where he can quietly wander to his hearts content’

I’ll be the first to admit that I can struggle with the winter months from time to time. The short hours of daylight, a lack of greenery in the countryside not to mention warmth normally has me feeling more than a little dour at some point during our yearly freeze.

And I am not the only one, the fish resident in the waters I know can and do suffer from a seasonal sulk, especially during periods of unsettled weather which seem to be the new normal in recent years. To try and tempt a fish is a waste of time, and more often than not a bleak experience, and generally too uncomfortable to be sat riverside enjoying the surroundings!

Luckily I’ve found a place where an angler suffering from the winter blues can shelter from all but the harshest of conditions, where he can quietly wander to his hearts content, soothed by rich tones of green, hearing nothing but bird song, the trickle of running water and the crunch of fallen leaves under foot.

Situated on the edge of the Wye valley this dense woodland consists mainly of conifers and beech trees with a sprinkling of various others mixed in. The thought was originally just somewhere new to walk the hound, but since that first walk the short trip across the Severn bridge has become a regular excursion, enjoyed greatly by the dog and his owners alike, although possibly for different reasons.

Writing & Film – Dipper, Winter 2022