Share my walk today

Hubby and I have been out in the car today as it was too nice to stay indoors.
We visited a couple of towns we hadn’t been to before, and got lost in one, even though we had a street map!
a - z 4Still, we consoled ourselves with a sausage roll and cup of tea followed by an ice cream before making our way home again.

I suggested to Hubby that he drop me off outside of town and I’d walk Maggie back.
It meant that she could have a run and I could get my thoughts in order.
So much is going through my mind at the moment that I’m still restless at night and my dreams are literally taking me round in circles, like some kind of Groundhog Day on a budget!

There are some beautiful gardens here, with several entrances from the main road.
vic gdnsI joined from the bottom right of this picture to come out at the weir entrance in one of the charming side roads (roughly in the centre by that grey roof).
weirThis is my picture, and the weir would have been on my left as I crossed the bridge towards the fields.
I passed an old lady with a chocolate labrador (I heard her call her Bella) and both dogs did the usual sniff of all the ‘interesting places’ without incident.
When I went through the gate, an old gentleman was admiring the view.
He explained that he and his wife had visited the town last week, but couldn’t find a disabled place to park, so had ended up paying Β£2. I told him that was a shame as with a disabled badge, you don’t have to pay here. He said a traffic warden had told him that after he’d parted with his money, but it was one reason why they decided to come back today so that they could explore a little without having the worry of their ticket expiring.

He asked if I was local to which I replied ‘sort of’, so we chatted for a while about places to walk the dog, he being especially interested in where I intended to walk next.
It is actually a floodplain and biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site is important for protection as being one of the few remaining ham meadows which are traditionally managed, hence its name The Ham.
When it’s dry like now, you can walk completely round it, though I’ve never done it as it equates to more than a couple of miles. This is really beyond all three of us in one hit as it’s a good mile to get there to start with!

I told him about the gardens where there are plenty of places to sit, and if he fancied a cup of tea, to try the tea rooms in The Abbey grounds as, like in The Abbey itself, dogs are allowed.
He thought a cup of tea to be an excellent idea and joined his wife (and Bella) to tell her.

My route today then followed the path parallel to the river, with the field on my left.
ham walkMaggie was doing her doggy thing, plenty of sniffing and wees, but no poo, and when I got to the end of the pathway, I went through the gate and across the bridge, turning left to head up towards the lock.
lock normallock normal 2Again, walking parallel to the river (the above two pictures are also mine), we crossed the little footbridge that goes over the lock entrance (just to the left and out of shot in the picture below)
lock walkbut clear in this one (these images from google)
lock bridgeOnce up the steps and over the arch bridge in the distance here, it’s a walk along the road to the marina.

marina and riverThis shot is taken across the river, with the marina over the grassy bank behind the trees, which sadly aren’t there anymore (again not my photograph).

I’d guess the distance is around a mile and three-quarters in total and took us about forty minutes, but that included chatting time!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Share my walk today

  1. scifihammy says:

    A very nice walk. Lovely pics (Yours!) πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds like an excellent walk on a lot of levels – scenery, meeting people and clearing the mind!

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