Showing posts from February, 2019

Lidgate - Ousden circular walk

Our first walk in February was on a gloriously sunny day after a bitterly cold few days including snow and sleet showers and hard frosts.

Sunday 3 Feruary 2019
Weather: -1˚C, still and clear, in the sun it feels warm
Starting from the Bailey Pond at Lidgate and circling anti-clockwise to Ousden church, then back via Lidgate church.
4.5 miles

Pond? what pond?! It's been drained and dredged, the fish and other water-life will soon be returned and I'm sure it will look beautiful again. (click on the photos to enlarge them) We headed down the village street passing a blue plaque on a wall marking the birthplace of the poet John de Lydgate, not a household name now but back in the days between Chaucer and Shakespeare he was a poet of great renown. We turned left up a lane which rises steeply as it leaves the village cottages and gardens behind, soon we were in fields above the village.

In this area we often spot herds of Fallow Deer, but this was unlikely in the middle of the day ... …