An opportunity seized to meet up with the Lawrences, who drove west from Kent while we drove east from Hereford. Walking up to and through the beech woods brought to mind Richard Mabey's writing about the community-managed wood that he owned in these hills.
Rolling chalk hills with pasture and beech woods near Fingest
The pachyderm-like trunks of the beech trees.
Beech nuts or "mast". I remember "Beech-nut" branded chewing gum from the 1960s.
A chalky flint that has worked its way to the surface from the underlying bedrock.