It was the most beautiful weather for walking this morning.
The air was warm and still
The on/off rain we'd experienced over the last few days seemed to have drifted away. There was no visible sun but you sensed it was there behind the clouds just waiting to appear later in the day.
Hawksmoor Woods can be found just off the B5417 road from Cheadle close to the village of Oakamoor. We set off along the designated path as it wound its way down into the valley.
There were lots of lovely wildflowers along the way
I wonder if any of you can help me identify the plant above, I can't find anything like it in my book on Wild Flowers.
Harebells, I think - edit 24/5/15 - they are in fact white blue bells thanks AJ and Sue for letting me know. I did wonder about which they were.
We'd been told that there are green woodpeckers in this wood and spotted fly catchers too. We did see what we thought was a red start and various tree creepers and a nuthatch or two. We heard a woodpecker but never saw it.
After a while we decided to follow one of the paths leading down into the valley and then further up into the wood.
This route took us right up to the edge of the woods
from where we followed the path along the edge of the fields
This is part of the ancient woodland that is so popular with artists and photographers.
This field of yellow rapeseed flowers stretched for acres - its glowing colour compensating for the lack of sunshine.
In the distance you can see the little town of Cheadle and the spire of St Giles' church famous for its elaborate Gothic Revival interior and known both locally and nationally as Pugin's Gem. I'll take you inside in a later post.
Back under the trees we made our way on the circular route
Catching shimmering glimpses of birds flitting and calling in the branches above
We had been walking for over an hour when we finally made our way back to the car park.
This is a wonderful walk and we'd like to go back again in the autumn to see how it changes through the seasons.