A glorious November day

Yes, after the most horrible week of rain and wind today was sunny with blue sky. The dogs were champing at the bit, especially Flora who’s been recovering from her surgery, so¬† their favourite destination, the valley park, was calling.

I don’t think Jo’s posting a walk this Monday, but this is to wish her a Happy Birthday, have a fabulous week lovely girl ūüôā

Small things in the valley park

My favourite place to walk in the city is Ludwell Valley Park, I’ve posted a few times about it. The management of Exeter’s six valley parks has recently been taken over by Devon Wildlife Trust, ensuring the continued opportunities for walking and enjoying nature.

There’s an abundance of plant life, something to see all year round and stunning views.

Last week I decided to focus on the small things, some of which tend to be overlooked.

Here’s a slideshow.

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The parks circle the city with beautiful wildlife corridors, free for all to enjoy, does your town or city have similar?

A Green Circle Walk

My city, Exeter, has a 12 mile circle of paths around it, going through valley parks, nature reserves, town parks and cemeteries. Because the path passes through so many green spaces Рas well as leafy residential areas, on the quiet it is a haven for wildlife. There are foxes, buzzards, woodpeckers, deer and kestrel. Around the river and canal sections you may see kingfishers, mute swans and even otters.

Last weekend I walked a section of the Ludwell Valley Park. At it’s best on a clear day in high summer, when the views are beautiful and the meadows rich with the sound of chaffinch, goldfinch and even the rarer yellowhammer and cirl bunting. In early autumn there is still plenty to see if you keep your eyes open.

autumn meadowThe remains of the meadow, left for wildlife to feast on.

The meadow was abundant and diverse in the summer.

They went that wayTwo small border terrorists decided to abandon me here!

One day it will be mightySo I stood around, admired the youngish oak tree, called them, stood around some more,

South west towards haldon
Squinted at the hazy view
Holly tree
enjoyed the holly and eventually they re-appeared.
A bench with a view
So they had a bit of a sit down, and we all enjoyed a different view.

Towards the west

Then headed back to our starting point.

Admiring the rich hedgerow along the way.

into the unknownDaisy debates another diversion, but we heard an animal sound, possibly a fox, bigger than her and warning her off, so she came back as soon as I called!

the valley parkLudwell valley part of the Green Circle has several entrances and you can walk three or four miles some of which will be very steep or just take a half mile level stroll. Whichever you choose, the air is fresh and its very peaceful.

I hope you enjoyed early autumn in Exeter Green Circle, this post is for Jo’s Monday Walk, she would be delighted if you¬†joined her and her other walkers.