Standing alone the Skirrid mountain or Holly mountain provides countless opportunities for the keen photographer. The sun rises on the east side of this hill giving perfect light and spectacular views of the black mountains whilst the west side is home to ancient woodland and a disused quarry. To get the best from this curious little hill set your alarm clock early as the best images are to be had when the sun is rising. The car park can also get very full so an early start guarantees a parking spot so lets go on a little mooch around. Leaving the car park head up the track to get to the start of a wooded climb through forestry plantations which over recent years have been thinned out to leave native species. The woodland floor is starting to be repopulated with natives plants such as bluebells and wood anemones but don’t stop too long there will be plenty of time for them on the way back down we must get to the top to catch the sunrise. At the top of the climb we will come to a wooden swing gate for the sunrise shot we need to head right and climb again but I can assure you it will be worth it. If the ancient bluebells woods are calling you at the wooden gate bear left and follow the path around the side of the mountain and the splendour of a place that time collects will take your breath away and you will spend hour upon hour captivated by this truly unspoiled place if you search long enough and believe me in a sea of thousands of bluebells they take some
finding you will if luck is on your side find the rare white bluebell.
Back on the top now head along the ridge to the trig point and look down to your left and you will find a curious shaped stone that holds a local legend.
This curious toadstool shaped rock known as the “devils table” it was here that his Satanic Majesty sat having tea when Jack O Kent leaped across the valley from the Sugar loaf to leave his huge heel print on the side of the skirrid. Remember when exploring this stunning area “take only photos and leave only footprints”.
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