Distance - 13.7 Km - 8.5miles
Time Taken - 3hrs
Assent - 86m
With the good weather due to end abruptly this afternoon I decided to head to the closest thing to the seaside in the area! Bedford is one of those places that are pretty much as far from the sea that you can find. So it was off to Grafham Water before it pee'd it down. Grafham is a big man made reservoir sat in open countryside, so good for a nice circular walk around the edge.
|It's a big lake...|
Grafham Water itself didn't seem to be suffering from the drought and apart from a few walkers, fishermen and cyclists was pretty quiet. It was quite easy to get a feeling of getting away from it all. Not all the route is directly by the Water, a few sections move through nice woodland which brings a nice change and more wildlife. The quietness was only interrupted by the loud birdscarers in nearby fields (bit strange as the woods are promoted by the Wildlife Trust and contain a number of bird hides...
I had a couple of 10 minute breaks but on the whole I slightly rushed the walk to try and beat the approaching rain. I do have waterproofs but would rather not get wet if I can help it! The slightly ominous discovery was the amount of midges (especially over the dam), clouds of these wild beasts were lined up in what only can be described as an organised ambush. In the end the rain hit 10 minutes of getting back to the car. And it was torrential with hail...phew!
|The grey smudges are clouds of midges...|