Windy, damp and rather chilly for our first walk of 2017 but lovely to meet up with everyone and catch up on news. We’d been promised storms, snow, sleet and gales and through the last evening and night we’d had all of those but the morning dawned with no icy or snow covered roads so the walk through the Botanic Gardens was on! As January has free entry to the Gardens and new leaflets detailing the walks it would be silly not to go!
The path took us around the lakes which are hopefully going to be restored in the future when funding has been raised. The bull kept a watchful eye on us all as we passed by. Love this bull not like the others we have met on previous walks!!
There were dramatic skylines wherever one looked and far in the distance the snow covered mountains added a further dimension to the vistas.
So many suitors for this mallard…poor thing!
We walked through the fields, through a flock of sheep and through the mud and entered the woodlands. Crossing bridges and following leaf strewn paths amongst the oak and ash trees we came to Pont Felin Gat waterfall, which was made 200 years ago as part of the Middleton Hall Regency Park . Beautiful!
The woodlands hide some of the features that were present many years ago including this spring entrance .
Crossing over one of the bridges we set off on our return walk through the woods giving us new views of the tumbling water.
Plans to restore the lakes to their former glory would mean removing all the silt that has accumulated over the years.In the future this would be a viewpoint over one restored lake…can’t wait!
As we are all children at heart…well I am! …a trek through the Fairy Wood is must! Something was definitely watching us as we passed through the gate into the ‘magic world’ of fairies!
Of course, in La La Land boys will be boys and very musical they were too!
Back in the Gardens we headed passed the Great Glasshouse to the…you’ve guessed it…the cafe!
Coffee and delicious cake later we walked through the double walled garden, another feature of the Regency period, to the Plas Pilipala -Butterfly House! A wonderful steamy jungle of a place but a tricky place to keep ones glasses from clouding over! Everyone oohing and aaahing at the beautiful butterflies fluttering by and I’m still trying to wipe my specs dry! I did manage a few shots though..the leaf on the banana flew away after this shot!
Another great circular walk completed- steps counted on iPhones , calories used etc. …all to no avail as that chocolate cake was just so delicious!
So no calories or weight lost but a walk in fresh air with pals in a beautiful garden is all the health benefits I need!