Walking around Orton Mere

My first U3A walking group outing

I had my first outing with the U3A walking group on the sixth of February, the group were friendly and made me feel very welcome. I was given a lift to Orton Mere by Ian and Julie Rudderham, thank you Ian and Julie.

It was a fine, cold, frosty start with a little mistiness on the horizon. We arrived at the car park and I was immediately struck by the view of the lake from the car park.

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The view of a lake from the car park

Once everyone had arrived, we set off, around first I believe the Rowing lake, then onwards to Bluebell Wood, a bit early for bluebells but there were one or two clumps of Snowdrops in flower. Next up I think was Milton Ferry Bridge. We crossed the bridge then carried on walking around another lake, fetching up at the Lakeside Kitchen and Bar for coffee. I have lived in Whittlesey now for just over thirty years but work has occupied the far greater proportion of my waking hours, so I have had little opportunity to explore the facilities on my doorstep. I really enjoyed the walk and the company of my fellow walkers, thirteen, I think of us in total.

We were able to observe many of the water birds, as they were seemingly used to human proximity, close contact didn’t seem to disturb them, I was able to photograph Herons easily, without them flying away, which is usually the case in the fens.

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An undisturbed Heron

As we approached the Lakeside Kitchen and Bar there was some debate as to whether a group of birds perched on a floating raft in the lake and drying their wings were Cormorants, I think they were but I will leave judgement to the experts.

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Cormorants?

Here is a close up.

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Close up of the Cormorants.

Later on we spotted an altogether different bird, no danger of this one taking flight but all the same an impressive piece of sculpture.

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Carved Owl

I really enjoyed my walk and hope to make this activity part of my regular routine. Thanks everyone for making it an enjoyable outing.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I’m glad you are getting to enjoy some free time. The pictures have come out well.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback, the pictures were better than I dared hope for.

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  3. Lovely pictures, Phil. I think they are cormorants. The only thing I can remember about them is a piece of doggerel from school; ‘The cormorant, or shag, lays its eggs in a paper bag’! That’s about the extent of my ornithological expertise….

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  4. Beats my ornithilogical expertise hands down, I didn’t know they used paper bags to nest in.

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