1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Walk in the Woods

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Walk in the Woods

The Islands are not known for their deciduous trees but the magnificent 270 hectare Stornoway woods were created in the 1850’s by Sir James Matheson and have been in community ownership since 1923.  Being adjacent to the town centre they are very popular with walkers, cyclist and a dog lovers. Anna and I went for a reasonably brisk 2¼ mile walk on Monday afternoon ending up, of course, at The Woodlands for coffee. So this is a little bit of Stornoway for you.
Stornoway's Marina and Cromwell Street
Ness Sgoths
The Lews Castle
Stornoway Harbour
There are lots of donated seats throughout the grounds
The mouth of the River Creed
A walk up The Creed
Smiths Shoe Shop - a legend in Stornoway - donated this rest place.
The walk continues
A place of rest at the far reach of the walk

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful photographs. Lovely place, lots of scenes to paint

    For some reason though, the mouth of the Creed photo gives me the chills, and it does every time I look at it whether I scroll up or down.

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    1. Maywyn you are not alone in getting eerie feelings. The water is very deep and quite still after the rushing river that can be hear 25 metres away and the cliffs around it are rather out of character from the rest of the walk.

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  2. Lovely pictures. Those woodland scenes really don't seem as if they were taken in The Outer Hebrides. More like Outer London.

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    1. I'm not sure about Outer London YP (I'm not sure how much sea there is there) but it's certainly not what most people expect of the Outer Hebrides.

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  3. That,s a very pleasant place to go for a walk.

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  4. An uncharacteristically mellow place. Grand for a wander.

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    1. Adrian don't forget you're seeing it on a relatively calm, sunny day. I wasn't available on the other three of these we had this year.

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  5. Some of those photos look remarkably similar to certain places here. Mossy mounds and wild ferns etc. Beautiful.

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    1. A rather different climate though, Cro>

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  6. Lovely, lovely photos, Graham...thanks for sharing. :)

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  7. No wonder it is a very popular place, and yet it does not look crowded at all! Really beautiful, I'd love to walk there, and you had perfect weather, too.

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    1. Meike, crowded on Lewis probably has a very different meaning to crowded in most other places.

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  8. How beautiful for it to be a community asset. One for all to enjoy. Wonderful photos Graham.

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    1. It is a wonderful asset, Lynda, and thank you (as a really superb photographer) for the compliment.

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  9. To be honest I was suprised at the beauty of the place and that is looks so calm and sunny. My reading of books based in the area are always set in dark, blowy winters!

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    1. Generally speaking, Potty, the winters are very dark and blowy.

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  10. It's very beautiful!
    Why is Smith's Shoe Shop legendary?

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    1. Good question Kylie. It was really the family that was legendary in that they were part of 'old Stornoway'. The shoe shop closed in 2006 after a 100 years in business. I used to take my shoes there and have a yarn because I still wore shoes with leather soles and heels that could be repaired by a proper cobbler (which he was). He was a 'Stornoway Cove'.

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  11. What a lovely area and a forest is so not what I expected to find on Lewis.

    Just a pity the weather on the west coast is often so wet and windy.

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    1. Ah yes, Beverley, but only most of the time. It makes one appreciate the good days.

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  12. Love the shoe shop seat. It's the unexpected that adds to the charm. I didn't expect inside those woods to be so soft, lush and green. It's nice to see Stornoway from a different angle, too.

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    1. I'm so glad that you liked it Pauline. It's a shame that we didn't get to walk in the woods.

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  13. Love it, love, love, love it. I think the mouth of the Creed looks awesome and I would love to sit on top of that rock and just stare it down.

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    1. Mrs S it would be like staring down into a black void - and that's when the sun is shining.

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  14. oh what beautiful scenery, this is why I love Autumn, so many colours.

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    1. Amy it's my favourite colour season too.

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  15. Wonderful photos, and I'm glad you got such lovely sunny autumn weather for a walk in this beautiful spot. I don't think I have seen any pictures before that have quite done justice to these woods. I think I've been under the impression the area was smaller.

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    1. It's a remarkably large area, Monica. It's always beautiful but it's a great place to be on a lovely day.

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