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The Early Bird Catches the .... Fish

Firstly, let be bid a warm welcome to those who have recently subscribed to this site. It's encouraging to know that people are finding it useful and that there are so many who share an interest in walking our wonderful local countryside. And, to those newly arrived, please don't worry about being bombarded with e-mail - these posts will be limited to two or three per month maximum.

I've recently published a new walk to the site which takes in Pitsford Water and some of the nearby villages, and provides a satisfying and varied outing of about 4 hours. It can be started from anywhere on the circuit - Old, Scaldwell, Pitsford Water, Holcot, Hannington or Walgrave - so no excuses!

The photo, though, is an early morning shot of Ravensthorpe Reservoir. I must confess, although I have lived in this neck of the woods for two decades, it's the first time I've been there. We were doing a full-day hike from Holdenby back to Old (a recce for a possible future walk for the site) and decided to walk along the west shore as part of the route. It's lovely - very peaceful at that time of the morning - and I'd recommend a visit if you haven't been before. There's free parking at the Coton end of the lake, and even if you just amble the two miles round the reservoir, I'm sure it would make for an enjoyable outing. Better still, take your binoculars for a spot of bird-watching too.

Happy walking!

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