Nore Hill, part of the Slindon Estate is located just east of Chichester in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex. As I discovered it was a perfect spot for bluebells which flower here in the spring during April and May. To ensure sharp images due to the low light and use of long shutter speeds, my camera was mounted on a tripod. A remote cable release also came in handy along with the use of mirror lock up.
I had plenty of time to consider my composition, set up my tripod and camera before the sun rose. It wasn’t until around 8am that the sun began break through the clouds to give a scattering of contrast through the trees. This also provided a small window of opportunity to capture the landscape from the eastern side of Nore Wood, with sunlight breaking through the clouds and across the tree line below.
The trip wasn’t without its problems though. I nearly got lost and had to consult my map. I was trying to follow the plethora of footpaths through the woods, only to realise that I had left my coat on the other side of the woods! I blame my alarm clock for waking me up so early! I was actually trying to make my way to the ‘folly’ ruin which is the main landmark which provides stunning views across the estate and towards the south coast.
A managed to get a few pleasing landscapes, but the real prize was the amazing ground cover of bluebells in the Nore wood itself.
From the A27 turn off just after Fontwell roundabout onto Dukes Road at Slindon Wood. Make your way along the Slindon Bottom Road until you read the next junction. Just on the left is a small parking spot at the south end of the footpath leading up to Nore Hill. This footpath leads into Puck Lane Coppice and eventually Nore Wood itself. From the footpath the folly can be seen through the clearing.
Ordinance Survey Map OL197