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9th June 2019
Hiking - Walking: Alresford to Wivenhoe
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Sunday 9th June – walk **** Alresford to Wivenhoe - sunny and warm:)

Went to bed at 10.45 in our little VW campervan at Alresford Church with the sound of music from a ‘do’ in Alresford, then we had a 15-minute firework display. We couldn’t see them but we could certainly hear them. At 11 o clock sharp it ended and we had a peaceful night by the derelict church which burnt down in the 70’s - surrounded by wheat fields with poppy margins:) The dog walkers didn’t even arrive until at least nine and we woke to a calm, sunny morning with Storm Miguel long gone! Lovely relaxing start to the day enjoying the scenery and reading. Then at 10 after breakfast eaten outside, we set off on a walk. Starting through the churchyard, with the old grave stones surrounded by Dog Daisies, through the wheat fields and up to the old quarry fishing pits. Turning right towards the River Colne passing loads of stunning pink, spiked, flowers which we looked up and discovered they are called Onobrychis:) Passing several really old oaks you come out on the river path which we have biked from Colchester to Brightlingsea and being a Sunday, it was fairly busy with walkers and cyclists. The tide was low there was loads of mud but very few birds. Then you go through a gate to be greeted by loads of cows and calves grazing on the path which made Mag a bit nervous. Safely through the livestock we made it to the quaint little town of Wivenhoe with its mix of traditional cottages and tasteful new build. We make it to the end of the riverside prom before turning and heading back. Back at the cows we turned left away from the river slowly walking uphill past the cows and then some sheep, coming out by the quarry road. A footpath runs alongside which takes us back to the pits and finally up to the church and van. We were out 2hours 30 minutes covering 5 miles and were much in need of our salad lunch. Relaxing hour in the sun before driving over to Wrabness to pick up my wind meter which I left there the last time I windsurfed on the Stour. As we had my windsurfing trailer, we parked at the nature reserve carpark and walked to the small beach and found it after a bit of searching. With a nice offshore breeze, the river was really flat and looked perfect for foiling! Then home after another top weekend:)

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