Eleven members and Walter, the lovely assistance dog, left the car park at Coate Water in Swindon and discovered that right next door at Coate farm house, the birth place and home of Richard Jefferies (1848 to 18887) English Nature Writer, was a museum dedicated to his memory. Continuing past a miniature railway we entered Coate Water Country Park, past the lake which was formed by diverting the River Cole to form a reservoir to feed the Wilts and Berks Canal.
Following a path alongside the lake we found the Council Oak mentioned in one of Jeffries' books. Exiting at the rear of the park we then walked alongside Broome Manor golf course before joining part of the old Swindon to Marlborough coach road, and enjoyed a welcome break at the golf club house. From there we walked through the polo ground and the Coate tree collection, the majority of which have been sponsored in memory of somebody. This brought us back to the park lake and the end of the walk
The redundant divingboard in Coate Water Country Park
Walking around the lake
The famous Council Oak dedicated to Richard Jefferies
In the Memorial Wood
One of the muddy tracks through the wood
Some of interesting sightings on the walk