The weather was mild and sunny as we set out to visit Weald Country Park, a short drive to the north-west of Brentwood. We’ve been through the park a few times on walks from home but normally we just walk through. This time we would be spending a bit more time seeing what there was to see.
A stag of the deer enclosure
Content in the back lighting to have his photo taken
Walking from the car-park we made our way along the tree line, soon enough realising this was a path that would soon lead to a slip-becoming-a-fall on the sodden and muddy slope. We headed down to the flatter and drier grassy field, our eyes on the tall fence we could see in the near-distance. We arrived to find a deer enclosure with a small herd of mellow deer slowly grazing and moving around in the sun.
The local ducks seemed happy enough
A goose undertaking a bit of preening
We then walked down the path adjacent to the enclosure towards a decent sized lake. We could see people feeding the fowl and passed a woman trying to fly a small motorised model plane and struggling to get it to fly for any length of time. I took a few photos of the ducks and geese, the geese especially docile and happy to stay put even though we had no food for them.
Cresting the hill
Rooks were plentiful in the large trees of the park
Heading on past the lake we walked up the hill on the far side, I stopping to get photos of Rooks sitting on the upper extremities of the larger bare-branched trees. There weren’t a lot of people around and it was a nice and peaceful morning for a walk.
Enjoying the peace and quiet while looking over the view
A collie bounding back to his owners
Walking along the hilltop we passed people sitting and just taking in the view and also a few people walking in the opposite direction. As seems to be usual there were plenty of dogs joining in the walking and we passed one man who was shouting back for a dog that we couldn’t see. Soon enough there was a shape visible coming towards us and it resolved to be a border collie making speed to heed masters call. We were greeted by another young dog as we entered a wooded part of the park, he seemed very happy to have found new people to jump up on before being reigned in by his owner.
Looking back over the park
The return journey was nice and relaxing with a few careful routes chosen through more wet fields. As we approached the car-park we stopped to wash the mud off our shoes in the handily placed puddles. The journey home saw us visit the supermarket and the high street – all very exciting.