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Dog Walks in Oxfordshire – Radley Lakes, Abingdon

A few weeks ago, we all headed over to Radley Lakes for an adventure and boy, did we get one! Radley Lakes is a lovely place to visit in itself, but there are lots of paths leading away from the lakes, enabling you to really explore the area, should you wish. We did and we had a good look around. I had plenty of opportunities to practise with my new camera and I was plenty surprised with the results!

When we arrived, we could hear the distinctive buzz of motocross bikes, which became quite annoying, until we were able to watch them from across the river later on. We went around the lake and headed out to the Thames Path so we could really explore the area. There are so many different walks, that I know we’ll go back there again and again. It’s such a tranquil area – and practically on our doorstep! Gorgeous!

From the hide Flying Ducks Radley Lakes Radley Lakes Ducks Floral PhotographyThe Lakes Abandoned Buildings Lake Cloud Reflection Lakes Poppy in the Lake Purple Flower Water Poppy

One of the highlights for me was seeing a Kingfisher for the first time ever! It was kind of blue blur, but it was pretty distinctive. The other highlight was seeing Poppy bravely entering the water so far. She’s not a fan of water but she was so intrigued by the smells that she couldn’t resist and she went in so far! Very proud dog owner moment! (At one point, I nearly fell in the lake taking pictures of Poppy in the water!)

The Walk: There are lots of different areas around Radley Lakes that are great for walking. For more information, see the Friends of Radley Lakes website.
Cost: Completely free!
Car Park: There isn’t a dedicated car park, but there are some streets nearby which are have parking. We parked in the business estate, but you could park in the Abbey Meadows car park and walk over.
Refreshments: Nope, but there are plenty of places to stop with a thermos and some homemade cake, but there are plenty of places providing refreshments in Abingdon.
Toilets: Nope, but there are some in Abingdon, should you need them.

Tuesday Treat – Things that make me smile

I know. It’s not Tuesday. It’s Thursday. But that shows how much I’m struggling to get back into the swing of things since we got back from our holiday in Cornwall. Not only that, but as we had a family weekend last Saturday, we also took time off work to help/recover, so I don’t really feel in control of things. And for a control freak, it’s pretty scary & unsettling. I seem to be flitting between different things on my to-do list, never really completing anything & constantly feeling like I’m not achieving much. Therefore, I’m really relieved to have this little face to look at to help me through!

Poppy the Office DogWhether it’s her sniffing her way among long grass, stretching out mid-snooze on her chair, howling as she yawns or the little cheesy smell she gets when she’s been curled up, this little lady always manages to bring a smile to my face! It doesn’t matter whether I’ve had a great day or a rubbish day, she needs to be walked & getting out into the fresh air is always therapeutic too, even if I can’t remember what day it is. What they say about dogs being a great stress reliever is so very, very true! Over the wedding weekend last week, she was in kennels. Yes I cried when we dropped her off & I was counting down the hours until we could pick her up! This little monkey has well & truly worked her way into our hearts!