A sunny Valentine’s Day afternoon on Upton Heath

Saturday 14th February 2015

As usual we went to Upton Heath for our walk this afternoon. However, Max is not very happy about getting in this loan car and we have to lift him in, which at 34kg is no joke. So rather than take the car over I got Chris to drive us (that way he got to lift Max into the car!) and I thought we could walk back. My plan was to walk around the lower heath and then come home via Creekmoor Ponds, as Jez likes to do.

Jez, however, had other ideas. So after a slow start she insisted on leading the way up the hill to the viewpoint. Part way up I took this slightly different view of the heath.

View across Upton Heath

Up by the Viewpoint Max posed for me with his cone.

Max with his cone

And Jez sort of posed.

Jez on the lookout

At this point we would normally pick up the path that leads back to the Roman Road, but Jez didn’t want to go that way and led us to the Heath entrance at Beacon Road. So I put the dogs on the lead and for a bit of variety took them along Beacon Road and then down Pinesprings Drive until we reached the Roman Road, at which point we turned down it and resumed our normal walk.

As usual we diverted off the Roman Road into Pinesprings, which was looking a particularly attractive shade of green.

Heading down through Pinesprings

A bit further on and Jez found some dogs to play with. And then it was back to the Roman Road and mud as we walked back to Beechbank Avenue. Fortunately I was able to wash the worst of the mud off Max in a part of the stream by the old railway bridge.

Max in the stream

We then left the heath at Beechbank Avenue and came home via Creekmoor Ponds, which were looking very nice in the afternoon sunshine.

Creekmoor Ponds

It was a bit longer walk than I had planned on, thanks to Jez.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Upton Heath. It was very wet.

Max in a very swollen stream

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