Deep on the Gloucester/Wales border is the Forest of Dean. Beechenhurst is one of the areas with a big car-park, facilities and several trail heads: Some are for cycling and others for walks. Most of these seem to have a theme. The one we did was the sculpture trail. This is about 7KM long and takes you past 16 different sculptures set into the woodland which are permanent and couple of temporary ones too. Despite the full carpark it was nice and quiet. A very pleasant few hours strolling through the forest.
Some were, of course, better than others and a few are starting to be reclaimed by the forest. One of the better ones was Nash's 'fire and water boats'. These are charred boats that are hand carved from pieces of wood and are set in an industrial waterway that used to drain the mines. Apparently, you are supposed to wonder who left them there and why. It's a sculpture, that's why they're there!
I also like this one called Yasain, which is Turkish for hooray! You're supposed to 'interact' with it as you observe the forest around you... Whatever that means!
Final shot of the sculptures is this one of the 'Iron Road'. These are a line of railway sleepers to evoke the trains that used to take away the coal and iron. Each one illustrates a different aspect of the forest.
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.