Sunday Morning Stroll at Pooley Nature Reserve

One of our (me and my hubby Greg) favourite short walks is around the Nature Reserve at Pooley. This was a former slag heap in mining days and has been converted into a Nature Reserve, with some gorgeous walks.

The 62.5 hectare site, one third of which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, contains several pools caused by mining subsidence, woodland habitats and is situated on the Coventry Canal.

The starting point is near the Alvecote Marina and you can walk for miles along the canal in either direction.

Amanda at Pooley Nature Reserve

Amanda at Pooley Nature Reserve

We just did a short circular walk today, around 2.4 miles. We walked through the woods, along beside the lake and then climbed up the highest point, where there is a 40 foot golden monument. I am not quite sure what it is for, however it can be seen for miles and it makes a great backdrop for photographs.

Greg and Amanda at Golden Monument in Pooley Nature Reserve

Greg and Amanda at Golden Monument in Pooley Nature Reserve

There were still a lot of the autumn colours visible, with some lovely yellow and orange coloured leaves.

View from top of Pooley Nature Reserve © Gregory Goldston

View from top of Pooley Nature Reserve © Gregory Goldston

 

View across Warwickshire from Pooley Nature Reserve © Gregory Goldston

View across Warwickshire from Pooley Nature Reserve © Gregory Goldston

 

I was puffing a bit today as I was walking. I got on the scales this morning and realised I have put on a bit of weight over the last year.

Too much sitting and not enough walking!

We walked back along the canal and we saw the family of ducks that are all grown up now!

Canal at Pooley Nature Reserve © Gregory Goldston

Canal at Pooley Nature Reserve © Gregory Goldston

Back home for morning coffee.

I am feeling more refreshed now and ready to tackle the day.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Amanda

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