One of the great things about moving to a new place is discovering new things about the environment. Today we went for a country walk in the city and the possibility of doing this is one of the things I love about Salisbury.
We started off on familiar territory going through Elizabeth Gardens on our way to the industrial estate. There we followed a grassy track down the side of one of the units which led to the river. It was like entering another world, green peaceful and a million miles away from the industrial estate we left behind. During this part of our walk we only came across two other groups both walking in the opposite direction.
On the other side of the river were stunning views of the cathedral across the water meadows.
There were lots of wild flowers but my favourites were these yellow 'flags' or irises
Then there was the wildlife, families of geese with their goslings,
I love this one with mum (or dad) eating a fish,
A beautiful grey heron,
and last but not least an egret.
Across the river we entered a more wooded area where we spotted some magnificent fungi
Finally on the way back more views of the cathedral this time with sheep!
In all a fabulous country walk without leaving the city boundaries, or having to get into the car.
If you are in Salisbury and would like to try this walk it is detailed in the Salisbury & Wilton Walking map available from the Tourist Information Centre