Monday, March 18, 2024

Thursday 14th March Caldecotte Lake circular

The original walk on this date should have been at Priory Park in Bedford, however as this was flooded that walk had to be cancelled. Sue & Tony R therefore decided to lead another walk & so Caldecotte Lake was selected due to its lack of mud & also its free car parking at the pub.
We started off from the car park crossing the River Ouzel by a footbridge where we met runners coming in the opposite direction. They were doing 8 laps which is approximately equivalent to a Marathon distance.
We continued a short distance before re-crossing the river which was in full spate.

Sue, Beryl, Judith, Hilary, Jenny, Diane & Ged on the bridge over the Ouzel

We continued round the top of the lake over the boardwalk where we saw a pair of swans & a very noisy coot trying to scare the swans away.

 When we reached the top of the lake we saw many daffodils by the overflow weir.
The daffodils with the pub in the background
  We crossed to the east side of the lake where we stopped for a photo.
Diane, Beryl, Jenny, Ged, Hilary, Sue & Judith

The lake with the pub in the background.
We continued to walk down the east side of the lake, under the main road & round several circular bays with concrete tiered walkways round them.
Diane & Judith leading off
We soon arrived at the bottom of the lake with a bird hide & some seats where we stopped for a coffee & banana break.
Tony R, Judith Beryl & Diane at the "bird hide"
Jed with the 2 sisters
We followed the path round the lake passing under the main road before arriving back at The Caldecotte pub. Diane left us at that point but the rest of us found a round table for 7 at which we had our lunch.
Sue said "Tony, Beryl, Hilary, Jenny, Ged, Diane, Judith and Sue joined this walk. 
We had a coffee stop and a banana break much to my delight. Lots of daffodils and sunny at times. 
We all went for a lovely meal except Diane. Such a lovely day.  Thank you Tony"

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