Monday, December 24, 2012

Wimbleball Lake

We were after a nice easy stroll this afternoon, nowhere too muddy or wet after all the rain and floods, and somewhere easy to drive to. We opted for Wimbleball Lake and a walk up to a small village called Withiel Florey. We didn't make it that far.

We were supposed to be finding a free car park near a bridge across the northern end of the lake. What we managed to find was the pay and display car park at the activity centre in the middle of the west side of the lake. We got out and walked anyway. The dog loved it, she ran round like a mad thing sniffing goodness only knows what. We walked towards the north end of the lake, along nice man-made, largely mud-free paths. The sun shone. It was lovely.

Then we found the bridge where we were supposed to have parked. We tramped along the edge of the lake through muddy fields, across the road and into a nature reserve. It was quite muddy, but also pretty and offered great views of the lake. If we'd have had more time we'd have kept going on up into Withiel Florey, but we'd been walking for nearly an hour by then and weren't even half way round. We had no choice but to turn around or we'd still have been walking when it got dark.

Not long after that the heavens opened and we got drenched. Good job we were on our way back. I'm not a big fan of the there-and-back-again walk. I prefer to go around in circles and see something I haven't already seen. Still, it was nice to get out. Perhaps we will make it all the way into the village next time, and see the other side of the lake.