Friday, 8 October 2010


Walkford Brook originates on the fringe of Holmsley Plain; a narrow, shallow stream, it snakes its way through the mix of woodland and farmland, which borders this part of the forest. As it nears the sea it cuts through gorge called 'Chewton Bunny'; in 1883 Cope notes: 'that 'bunny' is a specialized term of the New Forest area, of unknown origin, for a narrow rift or valley, what is called on Isle of Wight or in Bournemouth a 'chine', the sides of the 'Bunny' are densely covered in mature trees and shrubs, a lush damp environment of fern and other shade loving plants.

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