A few weekends ago, while the weather wasn’t very appealing, I stumbled across the BBOWT web page for Chimney Meadows. Neither I nor my partner Phil had heard of it before and I was convinced it was the ideal place for a Sunday dog walk. While the weather was a little lack luster, and despite the beginnings of what would turn out to be a three week long cold, we had a brilliant time.

It’s not an easy journey to get to Chimney Meadows – there were a few times when I thought Google Maps wasn’t quite awake but after a time, we arrived at the BBOWT carpark. There’s a map in the carpark and the whole area is well signposted. We wanted to head to the hides and explore some of the bird life. On our way we saw sheep and cows and Poppy definitely smelt a lot more. She loved it there. There was lots of tall grass for her to sniff through and plenty of things for her to try to roll in.

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We had a look in both hides. I was so pleased to see that the larger one had a pair of binoculars in. We usually carry one pair, so while Phil was using his, I was able to look through some too. Not only that, there were folders in each, showing what can usually be seen during that time of year and a place to record your own findings. In the first hide, we only saw a few moorhens, coots and a pheasant. However, in the second hide, we spotted a kingfisher! I couldn’t believe it! All of a sudden, I saw a flash of blue and knew straight away what it was. Not only that, but he stopped and preened for a bit, meaning we could really have a look at his glorious colours. Absolutely beautiful!

I thoroughly enjoyed our walk around Chimney Meadows. There was so much to see and I’ll definitely be going back later in the spring when there are more flowers about.

The Walk: There are a few different ways around Chimney Meadows, but be aware that there are some restrictions. Have a look at the BBOWT website for more information. Whatever way you explore Chimney Meadows, be sure to stop at the hides.
Cost: Free
Car Park: Yes and it’s free.
Refreshments: No, but there are a few picnic benches dotted around so be sure to pack a flask of chai and some brownies.
Toilets: No.

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