A Walk and picnic in Union Woods.

13 May


Yesterday, as we often do, we went for a walk in a woodland. Yesterday’s destination was Union Wood in nearby County Sligo. There was only 4 of us this time but there were lots of people in the woods, which was lovely to see. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and dog walkers were all out in good numbers. It gave a nice lively feel to the forest. Not that a forest would ever feel dead but the people about gave an extra energy.


Very big rocks here amongst the trees…


actually some of the trees look like they are growing out of the rock cliffs.


This part of the forest is made up mainly of Ash, Beech, Hazel and Oaks. Its amazing to see so many Oaks in one forest. A local man who stopped for a chat said he had counted the trees and his Oak count was roughly 4,5oo trees. Fab!


To think that Ireland was once covered by forests like this.


Our pace is nice and slow. Time to chat as we walk…and all the while absorbing the relaxing, healing vibration of nature.


Aren’t these unfurling Ferns just beautiful?


John on his iPad trying to identify an unknown tree. Turns out it was a Wild Cherry. Check out John’s Bards in the Woods t-shirt.


Happy days! Happy people! On we go to the prize at the end of the walk…


a picnic beside the river…and reluctantly we leave the forest… and head for home.

If you want to join our woodland walks or indeed seek inspiration to start woodland walks where you live check out Woodland Walks, Bards & Picnics Around Ireland on Facebook or www.bardsinthewoods.com .

22 Responses to “A Walk and picnic in Union Woods.”

  1. Shawndra Miller May 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Absolutely glorious. If I lived anywhere near you I would join up in a heartbeat.
    Do you have the Emerald Ash Borers we have here? All our ash trees are in jeopardy and it breaks my heart.

    • bridget May 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      We don’t have Ash Borers here but there is a fungal disease that is causing great worry. Apparently it came from imported trees.

  2. cathsveggies1 May 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    What a beautiful place and especially where ye had ye’re picnic….what a view!!

    • bridget May 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      It is indeed beautiful!

  3. June May 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    I agree, Shawndra (love your beautiful name, by the way). Union Wood, and these photos, are glorious. As much as I am more drawn to and attracted by the sea, there is something very, very special about being in the forest, in the woodlands, walking amongst the trees and immersing yourself and your senses into the beauty, wonder and magnificence of nature – natural magic! And all very ‘hobbit-y’ – kinda like walking in the Shire.

    You all looked like you were thoroughly enjoying yourself and the natural beauty all around you. I want to go with you next time (forgive me for inviting myself along) – if I
    can make it on whatever day you next decide to go, I’d really love to be a part of it.

    Thanks for sharing these photos and the experience with us, Bridget.

    ps – happy birthday, mo chara!

    • bridget May 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks June. You would be most welcome to come on some of the walks. They are open to all. We won’t be walking next weekend but will let you know after that.
      I too love the sea…even though I can’t swim…but the weather must be warm. It really is magic down in the woods. You can forget all your troubles and cares and just be…with nature.
      Bridget x.

  4. cindyricksgers May 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    It looks like you had perfect weather for it, too! What a great outing! Are there mosquitoes and gnats out yet to bother you in the woods?

    • bridget May 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      Not yet Cindy, it’s just a bit too cold yet. 12c yesterday. Did you notice we were all wearing coats and hats?

      • cindyricksgers May 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

        yes, I guess you were! Ours haven’t hatched quite yet either, so it’s a great time to be in the woods here, too.

  5. Jane May 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I love to be in the woods..time seems to stand still and worries drift away. You can never be rushed in a forest.
    Jane x

    • bridget May 14, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Yes forests are very soothing, healing places. It got to do with all the green I think. Green is a colour of healing. Although I find forests soothing in Winter too when everything is brown.

  6. KL May 14, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    Fantastic place. Yesterday we also had a lovely outing outside Hudson river, one of the largest river system in NY state. The whole world was full of such forests; now, hardly anything left and we are destroying whatever is left :-(.

    • bridget May 14, 2013 at 7:41 am #

      Sao sad isn’t it. On the 21st the debate starts in the Dail on the fate of our forests. Hopefully common sense will prevail.

  7. Anny May 14, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    We are enormously lucky to have woods almost on our doorstep and I take the dog there most mornings. The funny thing is, on the days for whatever reason we don’t go, I never feel quite so settled. I’m convinced that there are therapeutic benefits to woods – best wishes for your plan to help more people feel them.

  8. elaine May 14, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I love walking through woods, they really are special places – glad you enjoyed your walk and the picnic – wish I could have had a stroll with you.

  9. Alberto May 14, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Hi Bridget! Beautiful place and very nice pics, the first one in particular is awesome. It must have been a beautiful day out!

    • bridget May 15, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      It really was lovely Alberto.

  10. crabandfish May 15, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Such wonderful vegetation and I love the mosses – what a lovely picnic too,
    All the best, Flavia.

  11. niamhington May 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Beautiful pictures. The bluebells in the first picture are gorgeous.

    • bridget May 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      An all round beautiful spot.

  12. Rambling Woods May 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    We are like-minded thinkers..I love your passion and your blog..Michelle

    • bridget May 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Just had a peruse through your blog. Very nice! Lots of colour and things of interest there. You are certainly committed to nature. Good on you!

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