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A Walk on the Wild Side

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Now, while Chicchantal was trying not to go base over apex in Epping Forest, I was trying to do what proved to be an over ambitious attempt to suss out a walk between Amersham and Chesham in Buckinghamshire. It hadn't occurred to me (duh) that a Saturday before Christmas, was maybe not the best time to undertake a journey that included three changes on the tube in central London! In the end I admitted defeat at Baker Street station, when there wasn't a train even listed and went home!

BUT... yes I am wittering, but I will get to the point I promise, the first step of the journey was to get to Morden on the bus. Now I am not good in crowds, and the bus which takes the direct route was packed, so I took the little hopper bus, which ends up in the same place, but winds in and out of the streets, and takes 15 minutes longer, so is always empty. We hit traffic and crawled along, and I had a close up view of a park that I never knew was there, and its a nature reserve, so I thought I'd go and have a closer look today.

I started at the lake, this is man made, but its been there since 1763, so it's pretty mature.

I would have liked to have said that it was a peaceful idyll, but the gulls screaming, vied with the parakeets screeching, to create a cosmopolitan London atmosphere that was unique! Especially when they decided to mob a lone cormorant, that was perching in a tree! And what trees they were.

I would think this chap was well grown when Bonny Prince Charlie was looking for an oak to perch in, and an acorn when Cromwell was having his little do. Because its a nature reserve, dead wood is left to rot for the wildlife, old trees are made safe, then left to their own devices.

This goose was keeping an eye open in case I produced a sandwich, but he was disappointed.

At the end of the lake was a reed bed, a haven for birds in the summer I should think, then the path swung left into woodland. It was very muddy, and surprisingly deserted for a Sunday morning, but I pulled up my big girl knickers, and adjusted my orange belt, and carried on.

Now I don't suppose the whole reserve covers more than a couple of square miles, but because the paths wind in and out, and the trees are quite thickly planted, if you take an estate agents eye to it, and ignore the houses faintly visible on the left, and the allotments vaguely seen on the right, one could almost pretend to be in primeval English woodland!

Suddenly you come out of woods, into what in the summer, is a meadow. Another huge old oak tree stands in the middle, and you can see that you're back to nearly where you started.

I've lived in this area all my life, and never knew this was here! A stones throw from Morden underground station. It won't be long before I go back again.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARYDSAN 1/2/2013 6:14PM

    Just discovered your blog. Thanks for the walk. I am making a list of them for the next trip to London. I pray that it is sooner rather than later, before I lose the ability to do them.

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IVYRAYNE 12/17/2012 5:49PM

    Isn't it amazing what we find by accident? My favourite walk is through farm land, over a golf course and through the woods. I lived here for 10 years before I found the little lane that led me into a natural haven. This was a wonderful find. I expect you will walk there again, I would love to see pictures of it in the spring and the summer. Thanks for sharing and I loved the pictures XX

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MARTHROID 12/11/2012 11:09PM

    I didn't understand much of that at all...but I loved every moment of it. And no wonder your fitbit is tracking so many steps...good heavens. Great pictures!

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BONOLICIOUS2 12/10/2012 8:04AM

    Ohhhh lovely! Always a great feeling to get outdoors huh?!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/9/2012 10:53PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/9/2012 10:53PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

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DALID414 12/9/2012 9:02PM

    Thanks for the walk.

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/9/2012 6:13PM

    what a wonderful "find". Much more interesting than Amersham, it's not what it used to be!!
Hope you are warmed up now after braving the elements

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CIPHER1971 12/9/2012 2:50PM

    What a lovely little park emoticon

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ALIHIKES 12/9/2012 1:53PM

    Great blog and photos! Thanks for sharing your walk with us!

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DAWN14163 12/9/2012 11:56AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your walk, great photos!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/9/2012 11:35AM

    Oh that looks lovely! I really must look into nature reserves in Scotland

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LIS193 12/9/2012 11:09AM

    What a great walk! Thank you for sharing :)

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STONECOT 12/9/2012 11:08AM

    No, this is Cannon Hill Common. It's on the 413 bus route from Morden to Sutton in Cannon Hill Lane.

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MARUKI52 12/9/2012 11:01AM

    Yes, do tell us where it is because that would be within reach of me for an excursion. It wasn't Morden Hall National Trust place was it?

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CHICCHANTAL 12/9/2012 10:57AM

    Oh, is this Watermeads nature reserve? I've been intending to have a look at it for years but generally it's a choice between the National Trust teashop and the nature reserve, and guess which wins . . .

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