The brickwork of the original walls can still be seen protruding from the grass in places
This is the view from the church yard
After visiting the church we drove to the nearby village of Woodham Waters and had lunch in the Bell Inn. The building is 500 years old. The food is excellent and had we not been out to walk I could have had a feast.
View from our table
We leave the Inn and begin to make our way back to the river
Passing this quaint Post Office and General Store on the way
We are back at the river and I would now like to take you on one of my walks. This river was made into a Navigation Canal in 1797. There are 12 Lock Gates and 6 Bridges. Coal, bricks and timber were carried along the river on barges. In places where the water looks dirty, it is not. The surface was covered in the fleece from the seed pods on the trees that lined the length on both sides.
This is the path we are taking as we leave Ulting Lock and we are going to walk for 3 miles to the next main Lock gates. Paper Mill Lock.
It gets prettier with the Cow Parsley
We pass a Narrow Boat. These days the river is used for pleasure
Then round a bend and we see the church from a different angle
I love the isolation and the empty spaces as we continue to walk
A seat in memory of a loved one was welcome - rest awhile if you wish
Back on the path watered and refreshed
Don't miss the wild Buttercups in the meadow as we pass
Here we see a Swan fluffing out his feathers as he comes across a family of Geese who were obviously on his territory. The baby geese that were basking at the waters edge were quickly moved by their parents. Look at the reflection.
Civilisation at Paper Mill Lock
Well almost! These are the Tearooms
I hope you enjoyed your hour of leisure here eating ice-cream and butter flapjacks with Mango Juice. I did until I counted up the calories - over 700!!
We are now about to turn around and walk back. The 3 miles will take us about an hour as we stop to take in the beautiful fauna and wildlife around us. Our sightings today were geese, ducks, swans, moorhens, pheasants, rabbits and squirrels.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.