As lockdown measures continue to ease, I took myself on another social distance walk. This time to Drinkfield Marsh.
While searching obscure areas, that are less known than the popular town parks, I came across this nature reserve. I’d never been before, but I’m sure I’ve driven past it lots of times without realising.
Conveniently, like Cod Beck Reservoir, it sits perfectly between myself and my boyfriend to travel from opposite directions. Due to the current eased guidelines, I was able to meet up with him at a safe distance. We enjoyed another great walk on the second May Bank Holiday.
I’m not entirely sure if there is a main car park for the entrance. It is based on Whessoe Road, an industrial estate in Darlington. So, I parked on Washbrook Drive and walked to an entrance situated on the other side of a cut-through between the houses.
It’s a wide open space and much bigger than I thought it was going to be. There’s a huge lake in the centre which is home to two swans, ducks and fish who are friendly enough to get very close to you if you’re quiet. You can see and feed the birds from multiple wooden platforms. They go over the water and you can often see the fish jumping from there.
Drinkfield Marsh has plenty of walkways to follow with benches to stop on along the way. In addition, there’s tunnels, walls and plants that make for great photo opportunities.
Signs across the park state no fishing is allowed to take place. Sadly, that didn’t stop three lads on bikes doing just that. Thankfully, they did appear to be putting the fish back in the water.
Despite it being a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday, the area was far from packed. It was very easy to keep your distance from others and enjoy your own space in the sun.
Visiting more places for relaxing walks, remaining at a safe distance, is my plan. It also means I can get to see Liam without either of us driving too far. I can’t wait to discover more amazing places.
I hope everyone is doing well, despite the circumstances. Let me know where you recommend for walks in nature.