Go in search of Montague Mouse and his woodland friends during a woodland walk at Wigton just outside of Carlisle.
Montague Mouse and his friends, Sebastian Shrew, Maudie Mole and Willie Water Vole live, along with a host of other characters, amongst the trees and shrubs of High Hall Nurseryaround 12 miles south-west of Carlisle just off the A595.
In the car park, a large noticeboard showed what you may expect to see and a map of the trail ahead.
This walk is great for children young and old!
Red squirrels can occasionally be seen scampering around and the sound of birdsong tells you that Chaffinches, Chiff Chaff, Blue and Great Tits are nearby.
The woodland has been carefully restored by the removal of pine trees and the re-introduction of native species.
Pathways are well maintained, but good walking footwear is recommended.
A small wooden bridge crosses a moat, designed to keep deer away from this area of the garden, where the plant nursery can be found.
WORTH A VISIT.
If you are looking for a simple, easy, non complicated way to spend a couple of hours then High Hall Nursery is ideal.
It is slightly off the beaten track and you will not find toilets or a cafe but you are assured of a friendly welcome and it offers something different and unique from the run of the mill gardening hypermarkets.
Entrance to the woodland walk and nursery is free (at time of posting).
The walk is just under ½ mile in length and takes you through woodland, which in Spring is full of bluebells, ramsons, and foxgloves, not to mention a variety of fungi.
Website A well written website with some great contents and many links. You can also download audio files of birdsong and get details of membership of The Friends of the Woodland Folk. http://www.highhallnursery.co.uk
The address is High Hall Nursery & Woodland Walk, Westward, nr Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8NQ,
Telephone number 016973 44 308
Brochure available here
Opening Times (2009) available here
- Postcode: CA7 8NQ ,
- Grid Reference: NY269436 ,
- Latitude: 54:46:57N (54.7825)
- Longitude: 3:08:12W (-3.1367)