On Tuesday 24th April seven members and one guest set off from the Baker's Arms, Somerford Keynes, on a 5 mile walk. After walking through the village and over the Spine Road we made our way down a surprisingly busy narrow lane until we reached a footpath. The path has been rerouted and now runs parallel to the lane until it reaches Swill Brook at Swillbrook Bridge where it turns right and follows the brook to Pike Corner.
Along the way through this nature reserve are various information boards on beavers and otters; and we took an opportunity to stop at a picnic table for a brief coffee stop. On this part of the walk we were serenaded by a cuckoo. The path at Pike Corner was a sea of mud! After negotiating this obstacle we made our way up to the Thames Path, which we followed down stream to a footbridge, which we crossed and made our way back to the Spine Road through the lakes.
After crossing the road and a field at Macks Farm we made our way back into Somerford Keynes and a very enjoyable lunch at the Baker's Arms.
Following Swill Brook we approach Pike Corner
After its rained I can't do a thing with my coat!
At the end of lake 41 and close to the Thames Path
Crossing the River Thames at Lake 38