Fifteen ramblers appeared at the station at Ridgmont: amazing as it was drizzling when we had to make the decision to leave home or have another cup of coffee. However, the drizzle stopped by the time we left the car-park and although there was a cold breeze as we started out, we soon warmed up, and out of the wind it was even warm!
|The walkers outside Ridgmont station
We walked across fields (a bit muddy in places after last night’s rain) to the A421 which we crossed via a subway, then turned right to follow the maze of newly created footpaths that criss-cross the landfill site.
Methane taps and pipes could be seen at regular intervals, supplying an electricity generator. Lidlington Lake was clearly visible to our right.
Soon we reached a new woodland, Reynold’s wood, with mostly ash trees of about 10 years old. It will be a wonderful nature reserve if they survive the a sh die-back. A few Great-tits had already moved in. Here we split into two groups: those that wanted to walk along the level, and those that followed the clear but winding path, downhill then back up hill. We reunited at a clearing where some logs and benches were thoughtfully provided for our elevenses.