To enjoy the good weather on the first day of Spring yesterday we decided to go out for a walk. We made for the local RSPB Nature Reserve at Coombes Valley which is just a few miles away from us.
We decided to follow the Woodcock Trail
The trail makes its way across the edge of the reserve, quite high up and with lovely views over the surrounding farmland and countryside.
There are a couple of viewing stops on this walk
It takes quite a while to walk the trail as there is so much to see and do.
The leaflet says that the walk is one mile long but when we got back to the information centre and asked the volunteer on duty she said it was more like three, I expect this includes the paths through the reserve that lead to the start of the trail. It certainly did seem longer than just one mile.
It is quite rocky underfoot at times and there are plenty of warnings about the steep drop at one side so we probably took extra time being carefull not to trip on the rocks and roots to avoid plunging down there.
It was a lovely morning and very quiet; we had the trail to ourselves nearly all the way around.
As we walked we could see buzzards thermalling in the sky above.
We also saw pheasants and robins
We looked on the stream to see if we could see the dipper that had been reported as being spotted down there by an earlier visitor, but we didn't see it. We could hear a woodpecker somewhere close.
The only woodcock we saw was on the bench where we sat for a while before making our way back to the car park.
We were out in the sunshine and fresh air for over two hours and it was a great walk on which to enjoy the lovely spring weather.