Monday, 29 July 2013

A riverside walk

Llandrinio Bridge

As we are having a holiday at home this summer, I have planned a long list of walks and adventures to explore the local countryside. I'm really looking forward to this as there's so many places on our doorstep that I just haven't got around to visiting.
First on my list was to walk the Severn Way from Llandrinio Bridge to Welshpool. Much to the excitement of the boys we caught the bus (a rare treat) to Llandrinio to start our 8 mile walk back home.
Local landmarks, Rodney's Pillar and Criggion Quarry


The walk follows the River Severn which lazily meanders through this large flood plain. The walk is very easy going as it's flat. The path runs along an embankment so it was perfect with the boys to keep them safely away from the river's edge.


It was interesting to see the flood management systems in place to prevent towns further down the Severn from flooding. On a baking hot day it was hard to believe these parched fields would be submerged when the river bursts its banks.

The riverside wildlife was interesting. Son #2 spotted lots (27 to be precise!)  of newly emerged frogs crossing our path. I don't think I've ever seen so many Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in one day. A delight to see.


Green-veined White butterflies having a drink by the river

Great Willowherb

Purple Loosestrife

Lesser Knapweed

After stopping for the most refreshing cool drink in a very convieniently located pub on the way (we were so happy that it was open!) we followed the canal to complete our journey back home. 

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