Circular Walk Around a Picturesque Lake
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Come and join us for a leisurely walk round Grafham Water. Our walk will take us through some stunning countryside and beautiful picture worthy villages.
Our walk will start on the east bank and on the day we can decide whether we want to go clockwise or counterclockwise round the lake. This walk will take approximately 5 hours with adequate refreshment breaks with a pace to suit all.
Once the walk is complete we can drive into Perry for a quiet pint of something refreshing in the local pub!
For our four legged friends this route is definitely dog friendly although usual Countryside Code rules will apply and I ask that you please respect that not everyone is a dog lover. Please note there will be stiles so you may have to lift your dog over them in places.
Can you offer a lift? Unfortunately there are no train stations nearby; looking after our environment is important to OutdoorLads - if you are coming by car and can offer a lift, please use the comments boxes on this event page to arrange with other members. Please note that there is a parking fee of £3.50 per day
Photo credits: Image 1: Grafham Water at Valley Creek © Copyright Chris Morgan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence; Image 2: Rectory Bay, Grafham Water © Copyright Hugh Venables and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence; Image 3: Water Tower, Grafham Water © Copyright Duncan Grey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence; Image 4 - Provided by ODL member Neil Sharp and used with permission.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring adequate water / hydration, bring a packed lunch and snacks for energy.
You may also wish to bring money for a post-walk drink and if we pass one, I'm never one to turn down a trip to the ice cream van.