My Forest Escape Photo Diary

A couple of weeks ago I headed off to the Forest of Dean, leaving wifi (aka Instagram) and work behind.

I forced myself to take a complete break and the pictures in this post weren’t taken specifically for my blog – but on the way home I did stop and take some at a gorgeous castle which seem to have been really popular, so if you haven’t seen them yet they’re here!



So anyway, here’s my holiday forest photo diary!



Home is behind, the world ahead, 
And there are many paths to tread 
Through shadows to the edge of night, 
Until the stars are all alight. 
Then world behind and home ahead, 
We’ll wander back to home and bed…. 



Home for the week:


Everyone is welcome:


Sitting by the log burner, listening to nothing but owls hooting and the rushing river rapids close by:



Waking up to glorious blue skies, watching swathes of mist roll through the trees above the river:


Lazy Pub Lunches by the water:


(Rather off-putting lunchtime audience!)


Faces in the sun:


Chilly, Misty Walks in Symonds Yat:



Back home to the warming fire:

… and of course, wine:


Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go 
To heal my heart and drown my woe. 
Rain my fall and wind may blow, 
And many miles be still to go, 
But under a tall tree I will lie, 
And let the clouds go sailing by.



All too soon it was over.

Saying goodbye to the views:


It was so refreshing to spend a few days closer to nature…. and I’m really missing those views and log burner!

Where do you want to escape to next?

“Not All Those Who Wander are Lost”

J.R.R Tolkien

Poem/song extracts from Lord of the Rings.

Poem/Song extracts from The Lord of the Rings


  1. February 11, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Ahh this place looks idyllic! The perfect place to get away from it all. How long did you stay??

    • February 11, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      We were only there for a midweek break unfortunately – I would love to go back it was so comfy and cute!

  2. February 12, 2018 / 3:57 am

    These photos are unreal! It looks like you had such a cozy break!

  3. February 13, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    What a beautiful place, all the pictures seem to me like scenes from a movie. Love your photography. I am glad you enjoyed your break from internet 🙂

  4. February 14, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Wow, the photos are amazing and the place didn’t look bad either. You really do have a great eye for a picture.

  5. Linda Davis
    February 14, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures of lovely symonds yat.
    So relaxing and so deserved. Such wonderful photography. Love it 😘👍x

    • February 14, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you Lin! It’s a fab place isn’t it! Xx

  6. February 15, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    This certainly does look like an escape. It almost looks unreal.

  7. February 16, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I’ve been wanting to take a nature filled trip without my cell phone and just unplug. This post def inspired me to plan that trip! The photos are stunning and sounds like you had a lovely time!

  8. February 16, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Awesome little photo diary Tiffany 🙂 loving the pup snuggles.

  9. February 16, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    These are all SO stunning! I couldn’t even pick a favorite!!

  10. February 16, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go off the grid for the weekend but it’s too tempting to pick up my phone. I never thought about doing a photo series like this but I adore this idea. Your pictures are incredible (teach me how to edit like this 😫) and it looks like it was a cozy time!

    • February 17, 2018 / 10:40 am

      You should do it it was bliss! Thank you Katie 💗 hehe I’ve had a few people ask me about my editing do you think I should do a blog post about it? X

  11. February 17, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I love how beautiful and atmospheric your photos are. Great idea to take a break from instagram for a while 🙂

  12. February 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Oh wow. These photos are super gorgeous! It’s always good to be away from internet for a while though, I feel like it refreshes me.

    Great pictures and place!

    Ash |

  13. February 18, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Coming back to these photos again this week, and I still just can’t believe how beautiful they are!

  14. Suzie C
    February 25, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    What a beautiful place, those photos have really brought it to life, i am glad that you got the time off. I love your blog and really enjoy your work. Keep it up 😉

  15. February 26, 2018 / 12:14 am

    A pub lunch by the water sounds amazing! It looks like you had a nice trip.

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