Wistmans Wood

The Magic Of Wistmans Wood: A Nature Lover’s Guide


Wistmans Wood is a small stretch of ancient woodland in Devon, England. It’s a place of magic and wonder, and has been a sacred site for centuries. If you’re a nature lover, then this is the perfect place for you to explore!

In this guide, you’ll learn all about the things that make Wistmans Wood so special. From the history and legends of this mystical place, to the plants and animals that call it home, you’ll find everything you need to know about this wonderful nature spot.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Wistmans Wood!

What makes Wistmans Wood so magical?

Wistmans Wood has been captivating visitors with its enchanting atmosphere for centuries. But what makes this woodland so magical? For starters, Wistmans Wood is incredibly ancient. Its trees are more than 4,500 years old, making them some of the oldest living in the United Kingdom. This makes it a place of great spiritual power, and the surrounding Celtic mythology adds even more intrigue. With its thick canopy and unique wildlife, it’s no wonder this place is so special.

The history and legends of Wistmans Wood

Since ancient times, Wistmans Wood has had a special place in local folklore. Earning its name from Old English words meaning “bent wood”, it has been a sacred site for centuries. It is said to have been here before Christianity arrived in the area and is believed to be a site of pagan worship. According to local legend, Wistman’s Wood is protected by the spirit of a wizard, a powerful guardian of the ancient woodland – adding another layer of mystery to its allure. (start of book here)

The plants and animals that call Wistmans Wood home

As you explore Wistmans Wood, you’ll notice an extraordinary array of plants and animals. Some of the most unique species found here are the Snowdon lily, a delicate flower-like plant, and lichens, which often drape themselves over the trunks of the old oaks. You may also spot common lizards, peregrine falcons, stoats and even Dartmoor ponies.

How to make the most of your visit to Wistmans Wood

Visiting Wistmans Wood is a chance to reconnect with nature in a very special way. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as the area can get boggy at times. There are several paths that you can follow to explore the area, and look out for the old stone bridges, which are centuries old. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of the resident wild animals!

Wrap up – the perfect nature lover’s guide to Wistmans Wood!

If you’re looking for a place to explore and connect with nature, then Wistmans Wood is the perfect pick. It’s a place that’s steeped in history and mythology, and it’s home to some of the most unique wildlife in the area. Make sure to plan your visit to make the most of your time in this magical place – you won’t regret it!

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Picturesque Castle Combe, UK

I was just looking at some of my favorite places and thought I’d share these photos of Castle Combe Village taken a few years ago on a sunny afternoon walk…


Thanks for taking a look and I will post some more photos of Castle Combe.

Mike Hope



The Manor House Hotel


Swans by the Bridge, Castle Combe

Palos Verdes and Beyond

I posted this great view from the top of Palos Verdes above the La Venta Inn. It was a little overcast but the shot came out super sharp with the Sony SEL 24-240mm lens. Really impressed with the quality this gives even hand held. This was a hand held shot taken on the Sony A7RII. If you can zoom in to 100% you can see the fine details. You can actually see the new SoFi Stadium in the distance.

Let me know what you think!

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The Japanese Tea Rooms

I was out and about at the amazing Huntington Gardens and Huntington Library a couple of weeks ago. It is a fascinating display, both in the mansion and grounds. A truly magnificent collection of plants, trees, cacti, succulents and shrubs from around the globe. The grounds are so well put together and some the fine collections have been well maintained and cared for over many years, allowing the gardens to mature in a veritable paradise! I took a couple of photos while there and would like to add a few to this page, so you get a feel for the beauty and history which embodies Huntington Gardens…

Japanese Tea Room 3 by Mike-Hope

The Japanese Tea Rooms by Mike-Hope 

Japanese Tea Room by Mike-Hope

Japanese Tea Rooms 2 by Mike-Hope

Japanese Tea Room 2 by Mike-Hope

Japanese Tea Rooms 3 by Mike-Hope

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed the pics…


A Manhattan sort of evening!

A Manhattan, New York evening shot from Brooklyn as the sun went down and a 50’s filter was used to give this an old time feeling. This was shot from a high rise in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the 27th floor through double pain glass so there is a little double reflection an some areas. Hope you like it!

A New York sort of Evening by Mike-Hope

A Manhattan sort of Evening by Mike-Hope

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Wisborough Green – Austin A35

Taken on the way through Wisborough Green in West Sussex, UK, on Monday this week. The owner of the Van, Ralph Restorations, was renovating the telephone box in the background. The vehicle is a 1960’s Austin A35. The owner restores telephone boxes as well as old items of street furniture, such as petrol pumps and Royal Mail post boxes. He told me when the telephone box was restored it would be as shiny as new, similar to the photo from his web site below. I said I would check it out next time I was over that way. Perhaps I’d see him again over a pint in the Three Crowns Pub just down the street

500px Photo ID: 261953523 - Taken on the way through Wisborough Green in West Sussex. The owner of the Van, Ralphs Restorations, was renovating the call box in the background. The vehicle is a 1960's Austin A35

Ralph Restoration – A35 1960’s Austin Van by Mike-Hope



This is an example of what the restored Telephone Box should look like (Ralph Restorations web site).



What better place to finish up than, The Three Crowns Wisborough Green…


The Three Crowns Pub Wisborough Green by Mike-Hope

See you there…


Vasquez Rocks – Aqua Dulce

Had a great trip out to Vasquez Rocks near Aqua Dulce last weekend. It was late afternoon but managed to get a few shots before the sun went down. It is definitely worth a trip.


Vasquez Rocks Vista by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks  by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Sundown by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Sundown 2 by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Cloud Formation- by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Last light by Mike-Hope

Also, just down the road there is a Farm Sanctuary where you can visit for an hour or two and find out some very interesting, and sometimes disturbing, facts about the animals and how they arrived at the sanctuary. Definitely worth a visit and the folks at the sanctuary really do a great job in caring and looking after the animals.

Thanks for taking a look and have a great day out!!



Around the Peninsula – Palos Verdes

Hi all,

this MLK weekend was really clear and sunny in the South Bay area of LA, so I took the opportunity to get around the Palos Verdes Peninsula and try out a 24-70mm Sony GM lens, that I managed to get at a really good price. I took some shots of La Venta Inn and then drove around the coast ending up at the Point Vicente Interpretative – Whale watch Center.  Really a great place to visit and take a hike along the cliffs. Anyway I will post a few photos of the Sunday drive. Hope you like them.


La Venta Inn by Mike-Hope


Redondo and beyond from PV by Mike-Hope


House on the Hill – Via Del Monte by Mike-Hope

San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope


Hi all,

We were down in San Jan Capistrano last weekend and I came across these water lilies in the Mission area. They were so colorful and reminded me of Monet’s famous water lily collection I had viewed earlier in the year whilst visiting the de Young in San Francisco, so I gave it a bit of a painterly feel. Hope you like it…


via San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope

Mike Hope Photograph - San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies by Michael Hope

San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies is a photograph by Michael Hope which was uploaded on September 17th, 2017.

Thanks for taking a look,