I was due a 'bad' day out and today was that day.
It started off quite well of sorts...nice weather. I started my walk (yes walk) from Ecton headed for the old strawberry fields/sewage farm and had a choice the first was the quickest walking alongside the A45 on the track or the longer route via Cogenhoe and along the River Nene my gut said long route, my brain was saying short route...despite it being cloudy then sunny it was muggy and warm. Half way up the track I stumbled across some flytippers who drove off at speed...
I got to Quarry Walk and the site didn't "feel" right. The boardwalk section was OK but the birds remained hidden this is the best I got.
I was wrong as when I got to the bund I soon realised what was going on, a full scale battle re-enactment, oh joy. Even this took part
The footpath is interesting to say the least walking past one property it's fields screamed out Barn Owl and worthy of further investigation as was the meadow I crossed, stunning meadow, through a field with horses that decided to walk with me though the one behind me was pissing me off...it kept nudging me in a friendly manner. I got to the perimeter of the reserve on Hardwater Road and got frustrated. The PUBLIC FOOTPATH onto the reserve and once the original path around the reserve was three foot high and the same in breadth with stinging nettles, sorry Northants Wildlife Trust this is still a designated footpath and being on your land your responsibility to keep clear and accessible, I wouldn't normally grumble but the alternative is to walk along Hardwater Road and we know the speed in which people travel along that road and with no verge to walk along it wasn't a feasible nor safe option, through the nettles it was then! Some how I didn't get stung and I will offer once the breeding season has finished offer my services to the wildlife trust to clear it up (that will test the Trust to see if they read the blog). So was there much present at the Leys.