But before that, after going under the first graffiti bridge after Balderton Lake, I found some paths that were also virgin running territory, heading up to the left off the cycle path. Upon hauling myself up a steep little slope, I found myself up on a little plateau of green space, with no company other than a very handsome male pheasant, and the entire workforce of Flowserve, which was just across the way.
I found a similar patch of land when I followed the path by the egg stall run by dogs. Newark is full of such little spaces, and I wish local communities could be encouraged to adopt them as mini nature reserves or at least keep them tidy and stop them being used as fly tips, or to grow the infamous "dog mess in a bag" trees that are so prevalent nowadays.
Over-optimism in action!
I ended up emerging in thee aforementiond Flowserve car park, and trotted home back along the 64 and around the lake, lit by a bright low sun scorching the water.
Do enjoy the pictures. They may not be amazing, but they are taken by me on the move with a mobile phone camera. My trackies would look really odd with a DSLR shoved down them, not to mention how much my running would be hampered.
|Snowdrops act as a duvet for the "at rest"|
|The virgin plateau|
|Looking back the other way|
|Path round the back of Flowserve|
|More urban green space|
|The area around Flowserve is sooooo picturesque|
|Squabbling coots on the lake|
|"Hi ducks, mind if I come a little closer?"|
|Apparently they do mind|
|Safe on the water|
|Sunlight paints the waters|