Apart from some puddles of which some, as you can see in the photo, covered the path completely, the trail looked pretty good for walking along at this point.So, progressing along the path it is very similar and at this point I thought – I’m going to be okay in these light weight, trainer style, walking shoes. I won’t bother to go back and change into boots now.A little further on and the path is still very similar and sound. So, I confidently thought, this path probably goes all the way around the lake like this, by the look of it.Only to find that as I come to the first overpass….things start to look quite a bit different as the path changed from a gravelled surface into a natural mud trail!As the the land was a bit uphill here it was draining down to, indeed through, this level and things really got slimey and wet.I pressed on and came to this beautiful view – though it was at this stage I said to myself – “I really should have brought not just boots but Wellington Boots you know”….. Always trying to get away light; wearing the minimum of kit. Will I never learn! 😎
I decided to take myself and camera to Blagdon Lake, in the Mendips, UK. So, as you do, I checked the weather forecast on my phone’s weather app – it suggested ‘clouds, more clouds, some rain and cloudy with a tiny amount of sun, possibly. In addition a news app mentioned ‘Storm Doris‘. Though the worst of that was likely to be Friday, two days away.
My plan then was to walk around the lake taking pictures of the view as I went. Unfortunately, the lake is at least three times further around than I had anticipated and I got a little bit lost, as there are reserved parts one can’t enter, in a wooded area . As I emerged out of the trees and rejoined the track there was a wood cabin and a portable convenience! Neither of which I required at the time though good to know they were there.Carrying on the weather seemed reasonably good – as you can probably tell from the sky in the above photo – mild, not too windy and not raining. However, as I got a quarter of a mile or so further round the lake things changed.A front came rolling in bringing a strong wind and rain. Maybe this was the first touch of Storm Doris?
I wasn’t even half way round the lake. So, remembering the cabin I back tracked and sheltered inside for a while. Perfect.When the rain had passed I put my hood up against the wind and made my way back to the main road. I really enjoyed the walk in the end and got some memorable shots too.
Then, as I changed out of my walking boots at the rear of my vehicle these guys happened along. Terrific!I am definitely going to return to this location again. So lucky to have this wonderful spot just thirty minutes or so drive away.