Attenborough - The
w/e 29 September
Some fine weather with lots of late summer sunshine
enticed us to Attenborough for a very pleasant afternoon's stroll
around part of the nature reserve there. An attractively designed
information board on the car park illustrated two walks each
way-marked at intervals by blue and red posts respectively (see
insert in picture to the left). For this excursion we followed
the shorter at 2.9km "Tufted Duck" route indicated
by the red posts with a duck carved into the top. The longer
blue or "Kingfisher" route is about 5.5km long and,
of course, the posts have kingfisher emblems at the top.
Leaving the car park and heading in a clockwise direction, the
route follows a hedge lined path offering tantalising glimpses
of Church Pond on the left and Tween Pond on the right. And then
this delightful view of Attenborough Church comes into play.
The hedge on the right soon disappears and the view across a
corner of Tween Pond opens up showing the first shades of Autumn
in some of the trees opposite.
Just beyond the trees the red route splits from the blue route
and makes a right turn to cross up and over the footbridge heading
south towards the River Trent. Immediately on the left after
crossing the bridge is the first of several strategically placed
single seats for rest and observation. The lone walker is well
catered for but if you are with a party, it could be standing
The views to the right are now over the Main Pond where these
bullrushes were growing at the water's edge.
When the path reaches the River Trent, it rejoins the blue route
and a right turn leads along the river bank with Clifton Pond
to the north. Views of the pond are obscured by vegetation but
when the path leaves the river and turns north, a short walk
soon leads back to Tween Pond. Here in the distance across the
water, it is possible to make out the footbridge we crossed earlier
in the walk.
We are now almost back at our starting point but at the edge
of Coneries Pond, a variety of our feathered friends had gathered
seeking tit bits from the many visitors. Who said they were bird-brained?