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York || Hagg Wood

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Sam once asked me what I would pick if I had to chose between the woods or the sea. It was a really hard choice, and it took me several minutes to deliberate and to debate the pros and cons. In the end, I sided with the sea; though my astronomical element is air, I’ve always been a water child. But that doesn’t decrease my love for the woods at all. One Saturday as we were lazing around on the sofa, I decided that we must go hiking in the forest the very next day. Sam did some quick google research and we found that Hagg Wood was very close to York. 

Even though the most famous images of New Mexico (my home) are white sand dunes, dusty cactus filled swathes and Breaking Bad images, we also have lush gorgeous forests filled with pinon, fir, aspen, spruce and juniper trees. (We are the tail end of the Rockies, after all). 

To this day, I stand firm in my belief that the area around Taos, New Mexico is one of the most gorgeous parts of the entire world. (Just google image search it, if you don’t believe me.)

Because we lived rurally, my brother and I grew up wandering around the forests, playing make-believe in our own personal Narnia. Or if we were feeling less imaginative, making mud-pies. 

This is all to help establish that I love being outside. Maybe I’m not out there showing my physical prowess (of which there is little), but just being outside with a book is good enough for me. In fact, it’s perfect. 

So off Sam and I stomped to Hagg Wood, a coniferous forest just east of Dunnington towards the river Derwent. In the spring time, it’s a great place to spot fields of bluebells. The wood itself is old enough that it was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Unfortunately, those original trees are no longer with us (much of the wood was cut down during World War II for timber). But it was quickly replanted and it’s a thriving eco-system of its own once again. 

wheat walking along wheat fields walk to hagg wood
on tree-lined path me me in hagg wood jumping hagg wood

If you had to pick, what would you chose: sea or forest? 

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  • It’s almost impossible to beat a good forest walk!

  • Beautiful post! I 100% choose forest. I’ve been surrounded by forest my whole life and it feels like second home to me. Nothing makes me happier than going on long walks through forest. I find it so relaxing and it energizes me.
    Your photography is just gorgeous. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  • sea:) but I just spent a weekend in the forest too:)

  • Beautiful photos! You definitely show the serene atmosphere of forest! Though I’ll always go for sea! 🙂

  • I love beaches and the sea – I find them so calming. I do also love nature with lots of greenery too – it can be so peaceful x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Those photos ❤ *swoon* and forest, 110%!!

  • Your posts always make me yearn for Yorkshire! Hagg Wood looks beautiful x

  • Great photos and a great post, I do like coming here

  • Sea every single time! Though like you I also love a forest too. Interesting fact – the site of my parents house and the church next to it are also mentioned in the doomsday book! Alice xxx

    • That’s an amazing fact! It makes me think all kind of romantic things about your parents house! X

  • I also like the outdoors. Then I remember that I’m not in New Zealand any more and SNAKES EXIST. I don’t know how everyone in New Mexico doesn’t exist in a Zorb. Woods in England also freak me out a little in this regard. I’m a wuss.

    • There are no snakes in New Zealand?! I find that fascinating! We grew up really rurally so one time my brother mustn’t have closed the door the night before and I woke up and there was a snake on the floor or my room. True story. Also, it was scarring. x

  • Beautiful photos! I also love the outdoors! I think I’d have to pick the sea, but I love the coastal walks that go through the woods the most; best of both!

  • Gosh, what an impossible choice! I think I might have said the sea, too, but could never live without the trees! Beautiful photos!

    Sidenote: I never knew just how beautiful New Mexico was until my sister, who lives in Colorado, recently went and shared pictures from their trip. I can’t wait to visit your home state someday!

    • Ohh what part of New Mexico was she in? x

      • They went to Carlsbad Caverns and the Gila Wilderness. They hiked the trail to Jordan hot springs via Little Bear Canyon!

        • I have so many family memories of summer trips to Carlsbad! And it a weird coincidence the school I went to owns the property around Bear Canyon for outdoor education classes! x

  • I’d pick sea, as much as I love the woods and grew up in them, there’s something about water. Suppose I had the best of both worlds with woods and waterfalls and lakes! For this reason I love England, you’re never too far from either.