The choices this week were another boring beach walk in the sunny Algarve, or a quick romp in the frozen north east of England. Well, it’s no contest, is it? Grab your scarf and mittens, and no loitering, please! Except to feed the swans.
There’s a crisp beauty to it, as the frost nibbles at your ears and glistens on grass and fences. Distant dog walkers embrace the morning air.
Out past the barn, I head towards the windmills, on a narrow lane. A public footpath crosses the fields, the frozen earth firm underfoot. Patterns abound, all etched in white, whilst solid puddles of ice line the path.
Despite the sun, the ice persists, tingling the toes, yet some of the fields are surprisingly green. The blades whirr noisily above my head.
Fronds of bracken huddle beneath the hedge, the occasional, lucky one gilded by sunlight. A forbidding, firmly-locked gate denies access. No matter, as the country park lies straight ahead, just beyond the farmhouse.
The small pond is frozen solid, but most of the lake is clear and sparkling. A path skirts the shore and the swans glide hopefully forwards.
There is a small cafe if you need a warm up afterwards. As we drove through Hetton I saw a sign for homemade broth. Sounded like a good idea!
I think the sign was on Market Street, but I was distracted by the mural. Hope you didn’t get too cold walking with me. I still have a few warm Algarve images that I may get to share with you before I go, but this is my last walk for a couple of weeks.
Many thanks for all your wonderful shares. Please take a little time to read the following walks, especially if it’s someone you don’t know. You may find a new friend. There are lots this week but I’ll be in the Algarve for a few weeks, so you can make them last. Once I get settled I hope to be back out with you again.
Let’s start with a little stunning alpine scenery from Drake :
And here’s a fair bit of the white stuff from Anabel too!
You birders will love this! Take a walk in the wild with Lisa :
Dom hosts a regular walk feature on Wandsworth Radio. Why not have a listen?
And you could munch along with Jackie while you do :
“One of the most glorious landscapes I’ve ever been fortunate to have hiked in”, says Nicole :
Kathrin’s in a very happy place and I think you’ll like it too :
‘There’s gold in them there hills!” Well, there was once, wasn’t there, Carol?
You can just picture Pauline and Jack, having fun with all these folks!
Lady Lee is back from her holidays. You might be jealous!
Cornwall can still compete with most places, if the weather behaves. In French, and English :
And while we’re down that way, a sort of revisit, from Jude :
This time last year I was getting very excited about a trip to Tuscany. Thanks for the memories, Woolly!
This year I’m just days away from an extended stay in the Algarve. Thanks for a lovely reminder, Becky :
And just to thoroughly spoil you, here’s that warm beach walk I know you fancied, courtesy of Meg :
Lovely skies here this morning but still slippy stuff on the ground. Take care out there! I’ll be keeping an eye an you, and I’ll let you know when I’m walking again. Bye for now!