Hedgerow Berries

Late summer and autumn are the perfect times of year for seeking out wild fruits, nuts, seeds and berries. These can be found everywhere – in parks, woodlands, river banks … and hedgerows – one of my favorite places for berry hunting. 

Are you ready to join me? Let’s find some hedgerow berries!

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Whitestone Nature Walk

Whitestone is a little area of woodland nestled in the outskirts of the amazingly pretty village of Llandogo, in the heart of the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire. With a choice of two, sign posted trails and part of the longer Wye Valley route, it is a lovely place for a family nature walk. 

Whitestone, Monmouthshire

Whitestone can be found just outside the village of Llandogo, on your right hand side as you leave the village taking the road towards Trellech, up past the village shop (shop on your right). There is a free car parking area, with more spaces available further up the track by the playground. 

Is Whitestone family friendly?

If you follow the red walk, it takes you about 1-1.5 hours depending on whether it is a straight walk, or if you take your time to investigate and play nature detective. 

The majority of the walk in buggy friendly, but please be aware, the final stretch of the walk is NOT. We have managed to take a sleeping daughter down in our off-road buggy, but have to be very cautious and careful. Here, the path is rocky, downhill and difficult to navigate. It is easier to carry her down and maneuver the empty buggy.

In terms of facilities, there are no toilet facilities at this site. There is a small picnic area by the upper car park and playground, with a barbecue stand provided. There are also several strategically placed benches (with fantastic views of the Wye Valley) scattered along the walk. 

Our Whitestone Nature Walk

Whitestone is very much a woodland nature walk, with few other habitats, although we did find a few surprises – an apple tree and a cherry tree!

The start of the walk is best for looking at ferns and there is a nice variety of hedgerow and woodland border type shrubs and trees.

The next bit of the walk is nice for looking at ‘green things’ – plantains, nettle, dock etc. 

The third part is good for flowers and butterflies – look out for the apple and cherry trees here too. 

Finally, the last (downhill, rocky bit) is excellent for testing your moss identification skills. 

Here are a few of the species we found growing at Whitestone


  • Hawthorn
  • Oak
  • Beech
  • Ash
  • Field Maple


  • Daisy
  • Buttercup
  • Campion
  • Rosebay
  • Knapweed

A peek inside our Nature Nook Detective's Book

Having finally received our own copy of My Nature Nook Detective’s Book, we decided to take it along on our adventure. My Little Explorer loved it!

detective's book at Whitestone
beech leaves
beech nuts at Whitestone in the nature nook detective's book

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Happy nature walking, 

Leila x

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