Friday, 5 August 2011

Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve

Week 2 of the holiday's started wiith G and S going up to Salisbury for the day to visit his mum and dad whilst T and I stayed at home. T had invited a friend over for the afternoon and lucky old me got to spend nearly 4 hours ironing.

For today's adventure we had to keep things fairly local as G needed to be back mid afternoon to ready himself for a trip to London to see Iron Maiden.

We have only very recently become aware of a nature reserve very near us, it's a 10 minute train journey and then a 20 minute walk away and yes I could have driven there quicker but this way we are out for longer and the exercise is good for us.

It's a really beautiful place. There were slippery banks to jump to and fro from

ready made dens to explore

art work in the wildlife centre

and outside on the trees

lots and lots of ducks

stunning views around 4 different lakes

lots of plants and fungi

strange woodland creatures who quickly turned from this

to this!

We had a lovely few hours exploring and look forward to our next trip there.

An added bonus was finding a playground on the way back to the station to while away the extra time we had before our train was due. Much more fun than standing around on a deserted platform for half an hour.


  1. What a lovely place for a day out! I've heard those lakes are good for fishing.Great family pics. :0)

  2. Hey there, glad you've had some decent weather!
    You have odd woodland creatures down your way!

    Did G ever go to the Network nightclub?
    Sounds like he is a rocker??

    Have a great weekend

  3. For a while I thought this was one of those Photo Scavenger Hunt posts, LOL! Beautiful pictures and such happy faces!

  4. Looks like you're making the most of the holidays!

    Victoria xx

  5. I'm always inspired by the use you make of trains, Lisa. As I have a family railcard, I really ought to do so more with William.

  6. I ran away so that I could go and see Iron Maiden at Newcastle City Hall when I was 14! Naughty S-J! Hope he has a brilliant time and you all continue to have such great days out!

    Sarah x