A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
A Walk Along the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in Warwickshire
Last Saturday D and I decided to walk along the Stratford upon Avon canal near Yarningale Common.
Signs of autumn in the hedgerows as berries appear.
Last time we were here we did a circular walk ending up at Yarningale Common starting at the canal and turning right but this time we walked in the opposite direction toward Preston Bagot rather than Claverdon.
The canal was constructed between 1793 and 1812.
Bucket Lodge Cottage - the barrel roof design is I believe unique to this canal.
The split in the bridges by the locks allowed the ropes of horse drawn narrow boats to pass through.
I think this plant is Burdock but please correct me if I am wrong.
Acorns are appearing
Although along most of the canal the banks are well vegetated but in places where there is little vegetation you see this which is not good news for species such as Water Voles as they are unable to bury into the bank :(
Elderberries - my father used to make country wines and Elderberry and also Elderflower were particularly good.
Birds seen included Mallard,
flocks of tits and Swallows swooping low over the water.
Butterflies seen included many Speckled Wood
When we reached the lane at Preston Bagot we decided to retrace our steps.
If you want to see the post from a few years ago when did a circular walk along the canal and then through fields and woods to Yarningale Common please see here
We then drove the short distance to the village of Wootton Wawen for a very tasty pub lunch at The Bulls Head.
After lunch we walked across to explore the Saxon Sanctuary of St Peter's church which is the oldest church in Warwickshire and full of interest. I will write about the church in my next post.
*D photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50HS bridge camera
Rest of photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera
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