Ragpits and Reservoir

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Staffing issues forced my partner into work this morning on his day off so we had to change our plans. We wanted to get out for a walk and racked our brains for somewhere to go. We then came up with two places that we've thought about visiting.

Firstly was the Aston Clinton Ragpits - an old chalkpit which is just on the edge of Wendover Woods. It's not obvious from the road that this nature reserve is there and though not very big in size it was a nice short walk. The time to visit apparently is the end of June as there is meant to be a lovely display of wild orchids. So I've put it in my diary to re-visit again then. We enjoyed our picnic lunch sat on what I think is the only bench in the reserve then took a wander around.

Baby A certainly seemed to be enjoying the walk!

To find the Ragpits, you head towards Wendover Woods and then as you turn right into St Leonards Road from Upper Icknield Way you park up immediately on the left hand side of the road. There's a kissing gate here which takes you through to the Ragpits.

As it didn't take us very long to walk around the Ragpits and the weather was still on our side, we stopped off at another spot on Halton Lane on the drive back home. We thought we were going to be exploring a wood but what we actually found was the Weston Turville Reservoir. Couldn't believe this large expanse of water was hiding away!

There's a path the whole way around the reservoir so it's an easy route. We strayed off the main path at one point which was pretty muddy but the rest was dry underfoot. There were a few narrow parts to the path so I'd recommend long trousers as there are nettles. There was a bird hide tucked away at the beginning of the walk. We didn't see too much wildlife today but we heard a lot of different birdsong as we went round.

Not sure what Baby A had spotted here!

So all in all a really pleasant few hours exploring these places. There's no obvious signage to either of these places so I'm sure lots of people don't realise they're there! Two great little finds!

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