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running around the Merstham Lakes

2 November 2011 1,732 views No Comment

I’ve stretched my legs a few times around the Merstham Lakes now. Each time I’ve found new parts to explore and there are still more intriguing footpaths and options that I haven’t taken. I’m really pleased that this area has been paid attention – the conservation and the accessibility – because it’s really pretty and valued a lot by the locals.

the scene

I’m biased because I love autumn but it’s been beautiful around there lately. The trees and hedges are all sorts of colours and there’s so much movement – evergreens still in full dress and deciduous stripping more & more with each day. Plus after the big tropical plants in the Southern hemisphere, I just can’t get enough of all the little leaves, little acorns, little berries and so on.
And if you thought that was all a bit Enid Blyton, wait till you’ve read this part…
There’s heaps of wildlife around here, very dinky, furry, hedgerow: squirrels, rabbits, other scurrying things, ducks & lots of other birds plus sheep & sheep dogs.
There are some impressive views, way more open and impressive than I have ever appreciated. There are a couple of points in the fields around the Lakes where you get a real vista across to the North Downs. As I’ve said, the colours are brilliant at the moment and so the views really are awesome: fields of different yellows & browns, skies full of personality, and have I mentioned that the whole thing is set against the soundtrack of the M25-buzz???
Aside from it being the most changeable time of year there really is a lot to keep your eyes and ears occupied. Ooo, the other thing that keeps me occupied is the stinging nettles. All the time I was in Australia I forgot those little buggers existed, they’re like the blue-bottles of the countryside.
We’re having a really warm October for which I am grateful all all the time (still living out of that S-E Asia back pack…). There have been breezy & nippy moments but basically it’s fine, it does get cold early on though, normally at the point where I’ve worked a sweat on my back.

the sport

And the running has been good. Once I’m at the Lakes it’s all off-road, a combination of grass & gravel trails, cross-field & through-wood paths, so I go in and out, through and around various different features which is always fun. There’s only one really proper hill and I like it. I’d prefer more hills and less of the house-to-lake pavement but really I shouldn’t complain, happy days for trailrunningluce.


(I went back on my bike to take these photos, still haven’t found a camera that’s good to take running!)

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