Canal walk to Berkhamsted

(Entry just copied from my WAB blog, as it’s nature-related)

Greylag Goose

Today I walked along the Grand Union Canal from Marsworth (next to some of the Tring reservoirs, a local birding hotspot) to Berkhamsted. I had a quick look round the castle there (more impressive than I’d imagined), before retracing my steps along the canal back to Marsworth.


I probably walked about 11 miles in 4.5 hours, quite slow really but mainly due to the number of times I stopped to take photos. I don’t usually like long canal walks (they tend to be very flat for some reason!), but I chose to do this today because I figured that the towpaths, being at least partly hard-surfaced, would be much less muddy than the other footpaths after all the recent rain.

Black-headed Gull

I stopped frequently to photograph the birds I saw on or beside the canal. These included Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Jay, Magpie, Mute Swan, Mallard, Dabchick, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Heron, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Greylag Goose and Canada Goose.


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