I am lucky enough to live in an area where not far outside my front door there are fields everywhere, reservoir, lakes, country parks, moorlands etc. The outdoor adventures are quite endless, but there is one lake that myself and my family have been regularly going to since as far back as my memory reaches.
It is very locally popular and regionally popular too, people have been travelling to it since the Victorian age (and before, having been completed in 1800) when it was coined to be nearly as good as Blackpool (on a smaller scale, of course). Anyone who lives in the surrounding area considers their home to be synonymous with the lake. It is to my family at least, we consider it to be our lake, it is so familiar that it holds much the same comfort to us as sitting in our bedroom. We know every view, and every uneven surface to walk across. So it’s no surprise that when the weather is nice, even if it is not, we are one of the many regulars to descend there for a stroll and an ice cream.
The most commonly walked route around the lake is a bit over 2 miles, but you can also do one that is over 10 miles. A lot of people walk about half way, to the cafe, and then walk the same route back, especially in less than desirable weather.
There a tons of water based activities available if that is what floats your boat (genuinely just made myself laugh out loud – at least I amuse myself aye).
As soon as we turn onto the road that leads to the lake, Oscar’s excitement levels reach fever pitch, he cries, he goes round in circles (which is difficult in the car) and he cannot pretend to be patient in the slightest, if it takes us more than a couple of minute to park and exit the car he begins barking in a frantic way.
In the last year or so a local took to chainsaw tree carving, there are multiple sculptures dotted around the lake now.
Do you have any local nature spots that you consider your own? Anywhere you constantly find yourself returning to and never tiring of?