At last the storms have gone away. We hop on a bus to Hopton. We’re going to Lound Lakes. This is the first part of the walk. You’ll need to dress warm but it’s not too wet.
Here we join the footpath… it’s not far along the quiet country lane
Passing the paddocks, see the lie of the land
Just into the woods a small stream runs. Or so it seems. In fact this the tail end of Lound Lake which, despite being in Suffolk, is one of the Norfolk Broads (i.e. flooded medieval peat diggings). I’ve a feeling this end was once a duck decoy. A footbridge sees us safely over the water
Draining water from the short end to the long end…
This is a managed woodland… which means trees are chopped down and new ones are planted, and first one area then another is opened up to the sun. This is good wildlife management
Man and Nature here march in harmony
Pines aren’t native to our land, they always strike me as having alien beauty
We’re not able to get close to the main lake… maintenance work has closed off a walkway (should have checked ahead of visit!) Yet I manage this distant shot
Another “swamp”; this one seems disconnected to the whole.
A tree-lined track leads us back to the road. A short hop & skip and we’re back into the reserve. But that’s for next week
I leave you with this… the beauty of a bright day in February
Hope you enjoyed. More next week