Can’t see the apples for the trees

Published 28 January 2024

Uniform rows of trees in an orchard in Monmouthshire
An orchard in Monmouthshire, on the Offa’s Dyke Path.

When I walked the Yorkshire Wolds Way, I spent a lot of time going through fields of wheat and barley. The North Downs Way took me through and past several vineyards.

I’ve walked through fields of turnips, and cabbages. Sweetcorn and berries. But until I did the Offa’s Dyke Path, I wasn’t sure I’d done that many orchards. Probably because I hadn’t walked much through apple country.

In fact I wasn’t really expecting to find apple trees on the Offa’s Dyke Path. In my mind it’s Herefordshire and the West Country that’s apple territory. But Monmouthshire’s just next door to both and is a major source of apples used in cider making.

Walking through those rows of neatly planted apple trees though was a reminder of how much of the country I haven’t walked in. How much I haven’t seen. The UK is a very varied place. Which makes it such a good place to explore.


Vic Flange

28 January 2024 at 10:36 am

It sure is.

Incidentally, you also went past a vineyard on the Yorkshire Wolds Way: the Little Wold Vineyard. Not the northernmost in the UK (apparently) but certainly surprised me when I went past it in September. Here it is on the map, with the Way shown for reference:

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