Abinger Roughs

February 7, 2014

Our quest to explore sites protected by the National Trust continued last weekend with a visit to Abinger Roughs.  Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist and geologist, walked on the Roughs while staying at Abinger Hall in the 1870s.

Located in Surrey, Abinger Roughs is a hidden area of woodland with ancient trees and grasslands. We’d not visited before so it was wonderful to spot a rabbit and a pheasant before we’d even entered the car park!

The woodland is full of ancient trees with some gnarled Oaks up to three hundred years old. It was the perfect place to blow away those cobwebs after a week indoors!

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We saw an ancient Oak which at first glance looked like it had uprooted itself but it hadn’t. Part of its trunk was hollow but it remained strong – the shape of it’s branches made it a great tree for climbing. It was too big for POD but we saw another family having the best time there.

It had been incredibly wet for a few days so we stuck to the pathways, admired the views and took in those fabulous woodland smells. POD took the opportunity to jump in and out of many muddy puddles.

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Our three year old adventurer also enjoyed running along ahead. The photograph below encapsulates everything we love about the countryside!

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The strange look on POD’s face was the result of asking her if she’d seen an elephant. She had her back to me and asking that question was an attempt to get her to turn round. It worked but she was then on the lookout for the elephant!

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Abinger Roughs provides a great habitat for birds including great and lesser spotted woodpeckers, nuthatch, tree creeper and the wood warbler. We heard many a bird but saw very few – no doubt staying away from our rather excitable toddler!

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We were so busy enjoying our walk, we completely missed the granite memorial for Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Winchester. Known as ‘Soapy Sam’, Wilberforce was thrown from his horse in 1873 and the memorial marks the spot where he fell.

We did see one of the WW2 pill boxes. These formed a stop line during the war to protect London from invasion. We must have a look at these and nearby Netley Park.

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There’s also a natural play area at Abinger Roughs which will be a great place for POD to play once it’s dry. It’s a lovely area to have a picnic too – Daddy was delighted at the thought. Or perhaps he was thinking about our roast lunch!

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Linking up with #HDYGG at Mammasaurus and #CountryKids at Coombe Mill.

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  • Mummy of Two February 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

    How do you find the time to visit all of these amazing places? This looks lovely too!

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Working from home all week makes you crave fresh air! That helps plus seeing POD outdoors and capturing it on camera 🙂

  • Jo Bryan February 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Love NT places, always a joy to visit, whether natural landscape such as beaches and forests, or stately homes and gardens. Our children always love them, still do as teens.

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      They’re just wonderful aren’t they Jo. We have so many near us and we’ve not even seen all of them yet. Hopeful we can get our toddler in some stately homes this year – rather than just the gardens!

  • Mammasaurus February 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Oooo blue skies! YEAH! Great tat you made it out as a family, something we haven’t managed for weeks now sadly. I juts love PODs face looking out for an elephant – such a fab expression.
    Adding Abinger Roughs to my long list of ‘must go to places’.

    And helllllloooo daddy 😉

    Thanks for joining in again and sharing you,as ever, beautiful photos x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      So great to see sunshine and smell a damp woodland! You must get out in the fresh air even if it’s just for a short time, does wonders 🙂

  • TwinsplusTwo February 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful photos, absolutely stunning. Time outside is so precious at the moment, mostly it’s just wet and muddy and only my crazy 16 yr old running addict goes out!

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you very much. It’s so good to get outdoors, we try to at the weekend – unless it’s pouring!

  • suzanne3childrenandit February 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    So lovely to finally spot some sunshine in a post, everything is so dominated by rain at the moment 🙁 Love the picture of POD as she looks down at her feet, whilst walking through the puddle – talented lady. x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      We timed it so well – gorgeous sunshine then 15 minutes are being back in the car it poured again! POD’s done so well not to end up in a boggy puddle in her lovely coat 🙂

  • Jen aka The Mad House February 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Beautiful photos and do I detect a hint of sunshine? I love a brisk day out followed by a roast dinner

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Was really great Jen – lovely walk then yummy roast chicken. We timed it perfectly too, it rained all afternoon 🙂

  • Claudia February 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    amazing. love the moss covered trees and trunks. happy weekend!

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you, love a good tree! Happy weekend too 🙂

  • agatapokutycka February 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Your picture of this oak is amazing.
    I love the look of oak trees… I dream about having them in my own garden one day

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you very much, they’re wonderful trees aren’t they. Be lovely to have one in the garden 🙂

  • Lori February 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Blue skies, mud and wellies! Sounds perfect, there’s nothing quite like the great outdoors especially when there are trees to climb 🙂 x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Very true Lori – was a fabulous walk, just before the rain came!

  • Charlotte February 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Ohhh it looks gorgeous! Never heard of it before will have to investigate one day 😉 x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Fabulous hidden woods but easy to find on sat nav! We couldn’t have asked for better weather either, albeit short lived!

  • Kate Williams February 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Really enjoying the posts you’ve been doing recently of your days out, such gorgeous pictures!

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you Kate – we love getting out and taking oodles of photos 🙂

  • Cass@frugalfamily February 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Aw lovely day out by the looks of it x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Lovely walk thanks Cass 🙂

  • modelmummy February 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Always enjoy your posts but most of all love your pictures.
    Free fresh air is the best way to spend time with the family isnt it?
    And POD looks very cute and stylish as usual! x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much. Really love getting fresh air, always gives you a little burst of energy. POD is doing well not to fall in the mud at the moment!

  • Steph (@imcountingufoz) February 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Woooowwwww! This place looks fabulous. We’d love a stomp around there 🙂

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Great place Steph, was a fabulous walk topped off afterwards with a huge roast!

  • Vaichin @Rambling Through Parenthood February 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Pod really looks like she is having a fun time. And you got sunshine! x

    • Charly Dove February 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      I know sunshine, amazing! It didn’t last sadly but it was lovely while it did. POD had a great time 🙂

  • becky @ lakes single mum February 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Never been here looks great! Beautiful photos

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

      It’s wonderful – was such a lovely sunny walk (then it rained again!)

  • Kriss MacDonald February 8, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Oh those oak trees were made for climbing. Classic look on Pod’s face when you said there was an elephant about – don’t blame her looking at you like that 🙂 Wonderful photos.

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Kriss. So many trees for climbing but wonderful to walk in. It’s been so wet, it’s great to have a walk in the sunshine with brilliant blue skies 🙂

  • The Reading Residence February 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful place and photos, and I love that Oak tree. Laughed at POD’s face there, too! x

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Jocelyn. Was such a beautiful walk in the sunshine. That face is just priceless!

  • Sam @happyhomebird February 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Fresh air, nature and history – I would love this place. Love the expression on your daughter’s face – brilliant!

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

      It’s a fabulous place Sam, we’ll have to explore the other parts – does look fascinating. POD’s face was just a picture – literally!

  • Coombemill - Fiona February 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I can relate to working from home and craving some fresh air, with all the recent rain it’s been a struggle to manage it some days. Gorgeous photos as usual and a picturesque place to explore and a chance for POD to enjoy some puddle splashing, nice to see see Daddy enjoying the adventure too. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Thank you Fiona. It’s so true craving fresh air – it’s great to get outdoors. Lots of puddle splashing and bog jumping, all part of the fun 🙂

  • Debra February 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

    What a beautiful place and how handsome is Daddy looking in his winter wear 😉

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Thank you Debra 🙂

  • Susie Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Beautiful photos, as usual, Charly. I especially like the one of good looking PODfather, of course!

    • Charly Dove February 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Susie – no bias with the dapper PODfather 🙂

  • Karen February 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always. How lovely to see all that wildlife too x

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you Karen – great to see the wildlife. It’s great living in the country 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) February 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful photos, as always. I particularly like POD’s quizzacle look at the mention of an elephant, don’t be silly mummy! We have NT Scotland membership (lifetime, when we thought we’d be around to use it…!), and everytime I read these posts I wish we’d used it more, but there’s time… We’ll make the most of it when we move home (whenever that might be!).

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you Sara. POD wasn’t impressed with the elephant comment! You have lots of time to use your NT membership – at some point 🙂

  • Kara February 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    How are you doing the slide show at the top?
    I love your photos and Pod’s coat is adorable!!

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Kara. The slideshow is a theme option rather than me being clever 🙂

  • 76 sunflowers February 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Lovely woodland. The oak trees look amazing!

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle February 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I love that little purple coat of PODS…. another wonderful place you have visited, and I love old oak trees, gnarldy and magical. X

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      They really are fabulous aren’t they – it was a great walk. And the coat has remained ship shape too 🙂

  • Mummy to boyz February 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    What a lovely place to visit and full of history, we get the boy to spot zooter from jungle junction to get him to appreciate the woods so great minds #CountryKids

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      It was a fabulous place to visit, such a good day too. Can’t wait to return again 🙂

  • brinabird and son February 9, 2014 at 12:01 am

    You guys are such great adventurers I love it!

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      You’re too kind thank you. Do love to get out and explore though, it’s good fun 🙂

  • Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek) February 9, 2014 at 12:45 am

    What a beautiful place to visit – you have some amazing photos in this post!

    We used to be National Trust members but where we live in the Midlands is a bit sparse of places to go, and unfortunately we couldn’t afford to stay on as members just for the sake of visiting places whilst on holiday – it is cheaper just to pay the one or two entrance fees each year.

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you very much Zoe. It’s a shame you’re not with the NT anymore but it’s only really worth it if you have places locally. We’re lucky we have lots nearby – we couldn’t be without it 🙂

  • Iona@redpeffer February 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    You know you’ve got me hooked as soon as I see a tree! Beautiful photo’s as ever and I love the odd people shot too 🙂

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you Iona – I thought you’d like to see some tree action!

  • LauraCYMFT February 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Looks like a really lovely place to visit. Love the tree photos.

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you Laura – was a great place to visit 🙂

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault February 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I adore those ancient oaks – what stories they could tell!

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      They’re wonderful aren’t they – beautiful trees 🙂

  • MummaG February 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Beautiful! I love the look on PODs face when you mentioned elephants, what a great place for a woodland walk x

    • Charly Dove February 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you – she loved me saying there was an elephant. Not! Lovely walk though 🙂

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