A visit to Puzzlewood and a Quest for the Iron Throne
Gloucestershire is such a beautiful county. One of the most enchanting places in the county has to be Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean. We have been a couple of times before, but it had been a while since our last visit so we decided it was high time to return.
It was just as beautiful as I remembered it. I am just amazed at how different it is from the rest of the Forest of Dean, or any other forest that I have been to. The moss and lichen covered rocks and trees give it a really lush green colour throughout the woods.
Puzzlewood is famous for its use in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since then, it appears that the Forest of Dean has become home to a few stray Stormtroopers, They have appeared at local events, and even been seen surfing the Severn Bore. I couldn’t return to Puzzlewood without bringing a Stormtrooper with me.
I took another of my toys with me to Puzzlewood – my lens ball. I really like using this when I go out to places as it gives a different perspective on a place.
There is just such a magical feeling walking through the woods. You can’t help but feel calm here – apart from the times when you are stopping these two from arguing with each other!
The day after we had visited, HBO announced their “Quest for the Throne” competition. In anticipation for the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO hid six Iron Thrones around the world for fans to find. Fans were given the clue to the first throne – “Seek the Weirwood in this Kingdom on Earth.” Two days after our visit, the first throne was found at Puzzlewood.
Game of Thrones is one of my favourite ever TV programmes. A few years ago I wrote a post about Game of Thrones that mothers can relate to. I couldn’t believe that I had been there the day before! The Iron Throne in Puzzlewood was the only one of the 6 that would be in the UK. I was not going to miss out on seeing it!
One of the best things about working part-time, is that I was able to take myself off to Puzzlewood to have my own Quest for the Throne. On this trip, I didn’t have to take the girls with me who would have no interest or understanding of my “Quest”. I didn’t even need to pay for entry to Puzzlewood, as entry was free to those seeking the throne – which was great considering this was my second visit in less that two weeks!
The Iron Throne was being guarded by two soldiers. They were dressed in the uniforms of House Stark – but they evaded my questions as to the significance of their constumes!
I was grateful that the “guards” were there, as it meant I had someone to take my photo whilst I was sat on the Iron Throne. I would not want to be ruler of The Seven Kingdoms, but I did feel very regal sat on the Iron Throne!