These beech trees were planted in the 17th century as part of a grand entrance to a fancy home.
With the spectacular twisting of tree limbs and an imposing feel as you walk between them, they became known as “the dark hedges” in local parts.
Then came a film crew with the Game of Thrones team and the trees became “The Kings Road”.
Now as well as the interested locals there are busloads of tourists – us as well.
While waiting for the road to clear of people, I spoke with a local photographer who visits each week. He said that he and others are pushing hard to get car access and the tar seal road removed. All the attention is harming the trees and destroying the wonder everyone comes to see. I’m afraid that’s a story that can be heard the world over. I wish him well.