Hi there, I am from New Zealand and have lurked on your newsgroup for a few years now, enjoying reading about how hill walking is done in the UK where conditions are very different from here. I will be visiting England early April until after Easter and had a couple of queries I would love some advice on. My wife and I will be travelling by car from Bath to Portsmouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and back to Bath, staying mostly at B&Bs. I would like to spend an hour or two wandering in a mature deciduous forest - an ideas where we could go on this itinerary? Is the Spring growth likely to have started in Southern England by April 10 or so? We have many oaks here of course, but none more than 150 or so years old and not in large numbers. Also I will be in London for a couple of days and would like to pick up a reasonably priced windproof warm jacket that looks smart - fleece is warm enough but often piles and looks tatty after a while. Any ideas on specific jackets, approxmate costs and where to get them in Central London would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Alan Hogg, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.