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Matterdale Tree Trail - Lucy's Wood

Nick Ratcliffe


The best Autumn day! The rain of the morning gave way to clearer skies and the sun briefly made an appearance.


Following the map in the MCA Matterdale Tree Trail leaflet (available in the What's On section and from all good pubs called The Royal in Dockray) we made our way out of Dockray in the direction of Dowthwaite head, turning left across the field at the barns on the bend. Crossing two further fields and through the gate, a beautifully-carved stone announced that we were entering Lucy’s wood.


Planted by Richard and Gina Farncombe over 20 years ago in memory of their daughter, Lucy’s Wood is a very special place containing many lovely features but most of all, great trees. Just now wearing their autumnal finery, the wood is probably at its best. The Tree Trail leaflet contains a guide to assist in identifying some of the many tree species and, after a few errors we were identifying the hell out of anything arboricultural.

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