Autumn in Strid Wood.

If your thinking of partaking in a Woodland walk this October, you can’t go far wrong with a wander along the woodland trails at the Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales.ย  We took our dog Hugo here this morning and despite it being a soggy rainy day, we had a fab time enjoying the sights and sounds of Strid Wood. The Autumn colours are stunning at this time of year. And after despairing of not finding any fungi on local walks near where I live in Clitheroe, here at Bolton Abbey there are mushrooms and toadstools galore….
Here are a few images from our time on the estate. If you can identify any of the fungi I haven’t ( which is most of it! ) I would love your help. ๐Ÿ™‚

Male and female mandarin ducks. Saw lots of these beautiful birds.

Cauliflower Fungus.


A rare sighting of a kingfisher sitting still. ๐Ÿ™‚

Possible Mallard Hybrid.

Beech nuts.

Have you enjoyed any Autumn walks recently?


36 thoughts on “Autumn in Strid Wood.”

  1. Only been walking locally but have a few days away end of October in Snowdonia so hope to visit the woodlands around there. Lovely pictures. I enjoy a walk in the rain more so than in drier conditions x

  2. Thatโ€™s a fabulous collection of fungi! Iโ€™m always amazed at how many different kinds there are. The cauliflower one is new to me. We have a crop of puffballs in our back garden which Iโ€™ve never seen before either. Quite revolting actually!

  3. Your photos are amazing! A walk in the woods in the rain is always special, especially if you go home to a hot drink and a fire! I think I have walked in those woods and they were really lovely. The ninth photo looks like a wax cap but I cannot find or remember the exact one. You could try putting your photos on iSpot and I am sure someone will identify them.

    1. Aw thank you. I think if you must walk in the rain, woodland is the perfect location. And thanks for the ispot suggestion, I must try that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Fabulous pictures. I love taking pictures of mushroom although I couldn’t name them, maybe it is time I started to learn what they all are. This weekend we took Charlie on a lovely woodland walk around Mere Sands woods which is one of our favourites. Think I will blog about it tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Committing to Wild October is really helping me get out for walks when I might not have bothered otherwise (so much to do at home, which is making me feel a bit stressed if I’m honest, but I just keep doing something else instead!)

    I’ve walked in Strid Wood in Spring and Summer, but never autumn.

    1. I’m glad wild October is helping you get out and about. Autumn is a really nice time to visit Strid Wood. I also love Spring and early summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The white fungi in the third photo look rather like greasy fried eggs ๐Ÿ™‚ My favourites are the Mandarin ducks, the male is so pretty – such a shame the female is so grey in comparison but still pretty in her own way ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Mandarin ducks are so beautiful. The male is very dapper but the female definitely has a certain charm with her turquoise blue feathers amongst the grey. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Such a super walk. Lots of fungi but like you I struggle to identify them. How wonderful to see the kingfisher, they are so hard to spot even with their bright colour and the mandarins are colourful too:)

  8. Oh my the kingfisher, lucky you. We enjoyed our visit to Bolton Abbey back in the summer, it’s a super place to walk. I had a couple of nice autumn walks this weekend with my son and his sprocker. It rained though so no pics. I love the smell of autumn too, damp and earthy.

    1. We were very lucky to see the kingfisher. From a distance I thought it was a blue plastic bag! Luckily I checked with my camera zoom. It’s nice to get out and about with family and four legged friends. X

  9. OMG that duck is gorgeous!! A mandarin?? Beautiful. And that first clump of mushrooms (after Hugo โ€˜s picture) looks a lot like something called โ€œhen of the woodsโ€. I donโ€™t think it grows here. My mother picked lots of mushrooms to eat. I donโ€™t know the varieties at all. But I remember how delicious they were.

    1. Oooh only just seen your comment, thank you. Yes don’t think Mandarin ducks are native to here, I think some were brought over then now they have settled here and you can see them in quite a few places. They are the most fantastic colourful birds. I wish I was brave enough to forage for mushrooms! X

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