With the mini beast from the east coating the Ouse Valley with a layer of snow, there wasn’t much choice but to pop out this chilly Sunday for a Snowy Dog Walk. So that is exactly what Colin and I did.
Snowy Dog Walk
The overnight snow had settled in the long grass of the Ouse Valley, but not deep enough to give deep piles of powdery white snow. Instead there was enough to make the ground cold, but longer strands of grass easily poked their way through.
A Stiff wind was blowing from the East as Colin and I walked along side the murky brown waters of the Ouse. The strength enough to create waves up stream. It is an unusual sight to watch fast flowing water rush past while the wind blown waves move the other way.
Old Wolverton Church
As we walked, the wind carried the sound of the Sunday service at Holy Trinity church. The bell ringing filling the Ouse Valley with a sound synonymous with the English countryside, for me at least.
Looking to the South you could see the Norman looking building crowning the nearby hills. Hills that would be full of sledges and kids, had we had a few more inches of snow.
For a change we headed under the canal and I decided to take Colin as near to the nature reserve as we have been yet (not quite entering the floodplains). He loved the open field, which will soon be covered in wild flowers, dashing through piles of snow and icy puddles as we walked.
The reserve itself looked cold and unwelcoming as we walked up over the hills past the farm buildings. The sprinkling of snow making the icy waters look freezing, the bluish glow of the white sheet of clouds, adding to the chill.
When you have 1500 miles to walk in a year (boots on) then you need to get the miles in each day. If you’ve read my monthly updates, you’ll know I am a little behind. I can’t afford to rest on my laurels over a weekend. Taking the dog out is helping. Especially when I can have longer walks now. Today’s 2.5 miles goes some way to keeping me on track for the month.
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