9 Sep 2019

The Woodland Discovery Centre


Every so often we take a drive to another one of the interesting areas that make up the city as we go to a specialist shop that sells brewing equipment so that Mr P can get his wine kit to make his home made wine.  It also gives us an opportunity to visit the small businesses and charity shops in this particular local high street before returning home through the ancient woodlands called Ecclesall Woods.  Last Thursday we stopped for a coffee at the Woodland Café in the J. G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and I took a brief walk in the woods.  (I'm still having trouble with my knee, but gentle exercise is beneficial for the circulation so I'm taking every opportunity I can to keep moving. The soonest physiotherapy clinic appointment I was offered is not until mid November.  Mr P, however, has an appointment next month to see a consultant for his hip replacement surgery so things are under way for that, which is more important).



The Woodland Discovery Centre is in the middle of several hundred acres of mature, semi-natural deciduous woodland previously used for timber and the making of charcoal and hosts many activities related to the woods. There are parking spaces along the main roads with a dedicated car park at the Centre and so it's accessible for us to take a break and be in the heart of the woods. It's an education centre so there are occasional demonstrations of woodworking, woodcraft courses, social events and, of course, the opportunity to walk in the 15 km of public footpaths to find landmarks such as an old mill, remains of the charcoal burners' trade, streams and ponds.  Indoors there are viewing areas with binoculars provided for bird spotting, logs for sale as well as the refreshment area.






There were quite a few robins and also great tits who were at the bird feeders and the café was a pleasant place to have our coffee and watch them.







There are signs of the transition from Summer to Autumn.


There are many areas around the centre, for example a sunken area of grass, where a visitor can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woodland surroundings.




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Thank you for visiting.  Have a good week whatever you're doing!
Linda :)


18 comments:

  1. That looks like a really good outing. I'm sorry that you're both still suffering but glad that appointments are on the horizon. x

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  2. I'm glad your hospital appointments are getting a bit closer and that you are still able to take a gentle walk or two. The Woodland Discovery Centre looks wonderful and a peaceful place to sit with coffee and watch the birds. Hope you too have a good week:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. I hope your week is going well :)

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  3. A gorgeous place for a relaxing visit!!! Nature is very generous around there. Those cups of coffee looks marvelous. Sorry to hear you are both with physical issues. I pray it will get better soon. As we age we seem to add one thing or another, I am almost 60 so I too have a few issues. It is a rainy day here in North Dakota. It has been cooler than usual and very rainy. August is usually super hot and humid but was quite cool this year. Farmers not happy since they need sunshine and heat to mature the crops. Take care!

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    1. I think of the farmers and the need for suitable weather so that crops can mature and be harvested. It's a big responsibility to be a farmer as they produce our food. Thank you for your kind thoughts and for your prayers.

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  4. I really like all the different shapes of buildings and love that wooden arrow sculpture. the cute little shaped picnic table house and all the wood. I love rustic wood and this has a lot of that. a wonderful place to excerise or sit and enjoy the peace

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    1. The buildings have been creatively designed. I too enjoy seeing all things made from wood.

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  5. Glad you got those appointments and that you can still move about until then.

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    1. We're grateful that despite everything we're still able to get around. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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  6. What a lovely spot to visit and enjoy nature. How I would love sitting there watching the birds. It is beautiful. This week we are taking an adventure and now I hope to find similar nature to enjoy. Our world is also beginning to show signs of autumn coming with more leaves on the ground and some leaves beginning to change colors.

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    1. Enjoy your adventure Marilyn! I hope that you and your husband are keeping well and have a lovely outing.

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  7. It looks a great place to stop to have a wander and a coffee. There are some interesting shapes and ideas to admire.

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    1. A shopping trip is always more enjoyable when we can stop somewhere quiet and accessible like this place and enjoy a coffee. No doubt we'll go there again!

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  8. Nice place indeed.
    All the best for your knee and your husband's hip!

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  9. What a wonderful place, lovely to be able to watch the birds while you enjoy a drink.
    I do hope you knee improves soon! I'm delighted to hear Mr P is going to have his hip replaces, please tell him from me that he'll be a new man. I wish I hadn't suffered years of pain and limping before I got mine done, it's given me a new leash of life!!! It's an operation that is performed every minute and the surgeons are old hands at it. I was amazed how quickly I got up and about. xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. I'll tell Mr P about your experience. Very encouraging :)

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