Amazingly I was low as I could possibly get with out holding the camera my self but I will try that next time. And Ankit I think I was at the veryyyyyy edge of my dynamic range I believe. But I will look at my raw file again to see if i could squeeze more out if it.
You can try heading out and aiming to be there during the "Golden Hours" (although if its a heavy wooded area they can end up being delayed - local topography might also block the sun during some hours as well which can further adjust when its a suitable time).
When you've the sun at a lower height in the sky its light is more diffused through the atmopshere and as a result is softer. The light will also typically, be weaker than at midday so you can use a longer shutter speed for that motion blur, and get the darker areas raised up more so without the whites clipping.