Forder is a small hamlet near to Saltash in Cornwall with only 44 houses and no shop. Many of the cottages are situated along the banks of the River Forder with the footpath running between their frontages and the river. It's a peaceful little place, with boats moored down the shoreline with only birdsong and the soft clinking of halyards against masts to break the silence.
Recently on a warm but overcast day I walked there with my two youngest grandchildren and the dog.
The path turned away from the river and climbed up through wooded slopes.
We paused to look into the remains of Wearde Quarry then entered the high-sided and fern-covered enclosure, long since filled in. Nature has taken over and the information boards showed which plants thrived in the cool, damp conditions.
Could we find 'Fox Tail Feather Grass' ?
Eleanor found it!
And then the Arum maculatum, commonly known as Cuckoopint. It's bright orange berries are a warning that it is poisonous and not to be touched.
Another information board shows that all the fields at the top of the slope have names. Fascinating stuff!
By the time we returned to our starting point the tidal river was fast emptying and many of the boats were now listing to one side as they settled on the mud.
We headed for Seaton to have some lunch and a drink. But that's another post!