Gorgeous Walk at Calke Abbey

On Thursday Greg and I went for a walk at Calke Abbey, which is one of our favourite walking places.

Amanda at Calke Abbey

Amanda at Calke Abbey

There were two reasons for this:

  • To capture the beautiful Autumn Colours, as a lot of the trees overhang the water, which makes for some gorgeous reflections.
  • To stretch out our calf muscles, which were still suffering from all the DOWNHILL walking from Snowdon on Monday.

And 3) – they sell some very yummy cakes in the tea shop at Calke Abbey! Got to be done!

We set off down the path and immediately felt the calf muscles start to pull, as they were well over-stretched on Monday. We had experience a lot of lactic acid being created in those muscles, so much so, that they were rock solid and we were waddling along like a pair of old ducks.

Greg and Amanda using the new selfie stick

Greg and Amanda using the new selfie stick

With walking uphill, the muscles began to ease.

Calke Abbey is well known for the deer in the grounds, although we had never really seen any before.

We got to the top of the hill and could hear the bellows of the Stags, as they prepare for Rutting season. The deer were all quite close to the fence and Greg got some really good shots. You could see that the males were gearing themselves up for the “Big Fight” with sharpening of horns and some quite aggressive behaviour towards other males.

Stag at Calke Abbey

Stag at Calke Abbey

 

Stag in the grounds of Calke Abbey

Stag in the grounds of Calke Abbey

We walked around by the water and there were some lovely reflections in the water. The colours looked beautiful, especially when the sun came out and lit up the gorgeous yellow and orange colours.

Autumn Colours at Calke Abbey by Gregory Goldston ©

Autumn Colours at Calke Abbey © Gregory Goldston

 

Calke Abbey in Autumn by Gregory Goldston ©

Calke Abbey in Autumn by Gregory Goldston ©

 

Calke Abbey Autumn Colours Reflections by © Gregory Goldston

Calke Abbey Autumn Colours Reflections by © Gregory Goldston

We walked up to the tea shop and their cake selection did not disappoint!

Tea for TWO at Calke Abbey

Tea for TWO at Calke Abbey

I have to say my calves felt much better after a good walk.

I could easily spend my days walking with Greg, watching him take stunning photographs, and finding a nice tea shop somewhere.

Just need to find a way to get paid to do that!

Amanda

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