Haldon Forest Park and the CCANWPosted: September 8, 2011
I was excited to visit the CCANW - Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World at Haldon Forest, just outside Exeter. There are lots of bike tracks around there too, so with bikes, forest and art it seemed a very worthwhile place to visit. It was the first trip out for Iona who is joining us for the rest of the tour – Louise was off doing an epic 12 hour bicycle race (Pinhole Pedallers are only allowed time off for cycle related events) and so we set off. Although I knew Haldon Forest was on Haldon Hill, I had thought that by some cunning weaving along Exeter’s back lanes we”d be able to take the sting out of the climb. It didn’t really work, and its steepness was a real struggle but we made it in good time and began looking for a place to set up. Whilst walking around the forest, spaces in the trees often surrender great views in all directions, but nowhere had a clear space large enough for the camera and so we thought we’d try something different and set up in the central hub.
At one stage the camera was full of people, and one excited kid was running in circles eager to see what everyone was enjoying inside. The view in the camera was a good change from landscapes as it had lots of movement from the trees and the bikes.
I was really glad to visit the David Nash exhibition at CCANW and see a whole mix of ages cycling and enjoying the trails at Haldon. Leisure is a good way to help people see the wider benefit and potential of cycling and so I think places like this are always worth supporting. Go see!