We are very lucky to have miles and miles of riverside walks on our doorstep, with acres of countryside and lakes to enjoy.
As we have been having the most glorious weather in the last few days, I went for a walk with friends yesterday..... there are acres of fields, the river, babbling brooks and wood carvings along the way.
As we are only in Spring, the flora is only just bursting into life so it's not at its best yet. Very soon, the May blossom will burst forth, wild flowers will push their way through the greenery and the water lilies will cover the lakes ..... After a few miles of lakes, locks, colourful barges, wildlife and lovliness .....
..... we arrive at the White Water Centre that was used for the 2012 Olympics.
You can sit and watch the British team and members of the public battle the rapids whilst drinking coffee or wine in the sunshine or enjoying a nice lunch. We have been walking here since it was first built, long before the Olympics when there was only a hole in the wall where all you could get was an insipid tea or coffee !!! Because of Covid, its just sandwiches and drinks at the moment but they do a brilliant coffee and I had a prawn and lemon mayonnaise sandwich yesterday ! If we walk in the opposite direction, we pass the rowing club and watch the rowers and end up at the pub so there are drinks and food whatever direction we choose to go ! ..... Nature, sunshine, food and drink ..... what more do you need on a beautiful day ?
all photos via me