It was dry when we met outside the Corn Exchange at 10.30 for our walk across the fields towards Potterne, and then back into Devizes via Drew's Pond Nature Reserve. Meanwhile the sky started to look rather menacing, so after a democratic group discussion, we decided to change the walk so as not to be caught out in the wilds in deep mud and drizzle! We walked into Hillworth Park, were we saw this wonderful Sweet Chestnut tree standing in all its glory outside the park's newly opened cafe and visitor centre. To the right, just out of shot, is the park's aviary with its collection of semi exotic birds for the children to see. From here it was a steady walk downhill into Drew's Pond, where at 11.15 precisely, it started to rain.
We wandered through the woods in the drizzle, where M found a tree trunk that had fallen across the little stream, and then proceeded to dance with death over the crystal clear, cold water. M has a great sense of fun, but the rest of us decided that we didn't want to join in. The photo below shows the rest of the group following the track through the woods. The rain got heavier, and further along we abandoned the walk and went back to P and P's for a hot cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. A good time was had by all, although we all ended up with soggy boots and wet jackets.
The way through the woods.