Along the river at Loddiswell

by Helen on April 30, 2013

Another bright sparkly day!  I feel as though for the last six months or so I’ve been living beneath a damp grey flannel – which has suddenly been whisked away to reveal a lovely sunshiney world with blue skies and little white puffy clouds – instead of dreary grey skies, mud and almost incessant rain.  It feels wonderful to be able to throw open windows and doors, pull on my walking boots (instead of wellies) and set off for a lovely walk without the expectation of returning home soaked through or plastered in mud.  So yesterday we decided to revisit a walk we haven’t attempted since well before Daisy joined our little family.  

Loddiswell River Walk

I parked near the old station at Loddiswell (a victim of Beeching’s cuts in the 1960’s) which is now a private home – but you can still clearly see that it was once a busy little station.  Our walk takes us along the path of the old railway track, alongside the river ….

Loddiswell River Walk

 My furry companions ran ahead, as always.  Daisy is in front – goodness knows why – she hasn’t a clue where we’re going.  Ben knows though, and remembers the path down to the river…. 

Loddiswell River Walk

 the River Avon – a beautifully clear, shallow and fast-flowing river that runs down from Dartmoor.  It’s great for splashing around in – sorry about the poor camera control here ….

It’s not easy when you have TWO naughty newfies doing their best to soak you by splashing and shaking as much as they can!

Loddiswell River Walk

 Then on the way back we walk more slowly – the air was pungent with the aroma of wild garlic – great banks of green strap-like leaves lined the path on both sides.  I think we’ll come here again next week to see the blooms – and perhaps there’ll be bluebells too by then.

Loddiswell River Walk

 I spotted this baby fern frond uncurling itself amongst the garlic leaves.  And of course Ben had to stop for a drink at one of the little rivulets that run down the mossy banks towards the river – this one formed a lovely little pool at just the right height for a newf…

Loddiswell River Walk

 

Although how he could possibly have been thirsty after all that splashing about goodness only knows!!

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